British celebrities discuss personal experiences of life with a disability

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Blaine Harrison, both born with Spina Bifida, are among the British celebrities who participate in a new series, called Dis Connected, discussing how having a disability has effected their lives. The series brings seven noteworthy people together who share their personal experiences oflife with a disability with humour and honesty. In relay style, they interview each other for Ouch!, the BBC's dedicated disability website, which has been online for eight years now. On watching all the footage back the producers were captivated by how some of the interviewees embrace disability as an identity more than others, yet all find common ground. Underneath it all, they seem to accidentally be asking, 'What exactly is this thing called disability?' The series will be broadcast on the BBC Ouch! website from 28 June 2010, with a new interview being added every Monday for seven weeks.
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Ouch! is a website from the BBC that reflects the lives and experiences of disabled people

Power Your Life - Preconception health programme Utah (USA)

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) has initiated a public health campaign aimed at promoting healthy, prepregnancy living among 18- to 25-year-old women in Utah. The target audience includes women who are preparing to have children, those who are between pregnancies and those who aren't even thinking about having families yet. The Centers for Disease Control has made improving preconception health a national priority. In Utah, surveys show many young women don't know some of the keys to healthy prepregnancy living, and most pregnant women don't take a vitamin with folic acid, which prevents birth defects that form early in pregnancy. According to UDOH, the rate of some preventable birth defects is on the rise in Utah. In 1999, 5.6 of every 10,000 Utah babies were born with neural tube defects. By 2008 the number was up to 8.5. A user-friendly website can be visited at www.poweryourlife.org.
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The Power Your Life website offers healthy, prepregnancy living information both in English and in Spanish

US Center on Birth Defects offers free preconception information materials

The CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is dedicated to helping people live to the fullest. Much of their work focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks - babies, children, people with blood disorders, and people with disabilities. Especially for women of childbearing age, they offer free educational materials about preconception health and about the importance of the use of Folic Acid. A number of their publications is available both in English and in Spanish. People in the United States can order the material through the CDC website. All the materials are also available as a PDF download. CDC also offers Public Service Announcements and Podcasts.
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The mission of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities is to promote the health of babies, children and adults

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