Williams syndrome was first recognized in 1961. Fifty-six years later in 2017 Williams Syndrome is still a little known rare condition. And that is a grave injustice to thousands of individuals and their families worldwide who are struggling every day to overcome the unique, sometimes insurmountable medical challenges of Williams syndrome and find ways to insure that the extraordinary gifts of Williams syndrome don’t go unnoticed. In a world where individuals are against one another and taking deadly actions every day, we could all learn a great deal from those with Williams syndrome whose most extraordinary gift is the gift of natural joy and understanding and the ability to spread it to everyone they meet.
Williams syndrome is a genetic condition, present at birth, which can affect anyone. Medical and developmental problems, including cardiovascular disease and learning disabilities, typically occur – but side-by-side with striking abilities. These include advanced verbal skills, highly sociable personalities and an affinity for music.
Early detection and better medical care are increasing survival rates and improving life for people with Williams syndrome. Cutting-edge research is leading to new insights about the workings of the brain in language and spatial processing, and may also contribute to greater understanding of common problems like hypertension and anxiety.
The Williams Syndrome Association (WSA) is the most comprehensive resource for people and families living with Williams syndrome as well as doctors, researchers and educators. By helping to improve awareness of Williams syndrome, you will create life-changing opportunities for everyone with Williams syndrome and help accelerate research that could have far broader applications.
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- Williams syndrome & Research
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- Diagnosing Williams syndrome
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