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Genetics – Information and Resources

Genetic Alliance – Genetic Alliance increases the capacity of genetic advocacy organizations to achieve their missions and leverages the voices of millions of individuals and families living with genetic conditions. With a 20-year history as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, Genetic Alliance is dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone living with genetic conditions. We are committed to capacity building in all communities. The technical assistance we provide to advocacy organizations results in measurable growth: increased funding for research, access to services, and support for emerging technologies.

Genetics and Newborn Screening Information – Illinois Department of Public Health – The purpose of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Genetics Program is to provide access to appropriate genetic services for any family with concerns about an inherited condition, and to increase awareness of services provided by the program among health care providers and consumers.

Making Sense of Your Genes – A Guide to Genetic Counseling – This booklet from Genetic Alliance provides a consumer-friendly introduction to genetic counseling and its application. The guide includes information on preparing for a genetic counseling session and the different specialties in the field.

Region 4 Genetics Collaborative Family Resources – Information and resources to help families learn more about: •Rare heritable disorders diagnosed through newborn screening •The Medical Home •Medical specialists and laboratories that serve children diagnosed with these very rare conditions and their families •Support resources available to families •Frequently asked questions about genetics services