The Williams Syndrome Association will celebrate 30 years of support and education for individuals with WS and their families at next summer’s National Convention – July 3-7 in Boston, Massachusetts. Throughout the week we will bring together more than 60 experts for education and networking opportunities. The WSA’s national convention and international professional conferences are the premier continuing education event for Williams syndrome, offering unparalleled program quality and diversity. We hope you will join us!
Identified more than 40 years ago, Williams syndrome occurs in an estimated one in 20,000 births worldwide. It arises from a faulty recombination event during the development of sperm or egg cells. As a result, almost invariably the same set of about 20 genes surrounding the gene for elastin is deleted from one copy of chromosome seven, catapulting the carrier of the deletion into a world where people make much more sense than objects do. Despite a myriad of health problems and a generally low IQ, people with Williams syndrome are loquacious, sociable, and very empathetic.
Why This Blog?
I am a Dad to a great little WS person and love doing all I can to understand his world and love him better. Since information on WS is fairly rare, I thought I would share whatever I found of interest. Plus, if you know my kid, here is a great way for you to understand him better!