Why are some doctors not familiar with Angelman syndrome?
Only recently have textbooks in neurology, genetics, and pediatrics begun to reference AS. As familiarity with the disorder increases, many more diagnoses are being made of what was once thought to be an extremely rare condition. It occurs in one person per approximately 25,000 people. Often, AS is undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with cerebral palsy, autism, or other childhood disorders. If you suspect your child has Angelman syndrome, have your physician/health care professional refer you to a Medical Genetics Clinic.
The Canadian Angelman Syndrome Society is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about AS and disseminating information about it. The volunteer board of CASS also organizes and hosts an international conference in Canada every summer in even-numbered years.