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Prevention

A key focus area of The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley is to educate the public on the causes of intellectual disability and reducing the prevalence through prevention. This is accomplished through the following training and awareness programs:

Bicycle & Helmet Safety Program:

Over the past eight years, approximately 3700 children with medical cards have been given a bicycle helmet at no cost, in an effort to keep them safer and healthier.  Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of brain injury, a leading cause of intellectual disabilities in the event of a crash or fall by almost 90%.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Community Education:

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a cluster of permanent, non-curable brain disorders, physical malformations, including intellectual, and other disabilities, that is caused by women drinking alcohol during pregnancy. FAS is 100% preventable if the woman does not drink during pregnancy.