We Are Stronger Together

PWSA (USA) is a community of families, professionals, and organizations committed to providing support and hope to those affected by Prader-Willi syndrome. Together, we are showing the world children and adults with PWS need not be defined by their diagnosis.

Family Support

PWSA (USA) supports individuals diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome, their families, and care providers with critical information and resources. We educate medical providers, educators, and professional care givers about PWS and how to best support individuals with the syndrome.

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Research

PWSA (USA) seeks to support research projects with the potential for immediate and high impact for the PWS community. The goal is to fast-track better treatment for the syndrome, and we proudly collaborate with partners representing pharmaceutical companies, research universities, and more to achieve that goal.

Advocacy & Awareness

Raising awareness and effective advocacy are critical to effecting positive change in and for the Prader-Willi syndrome community. PWSA (USA) is committed to empowering individuals with PWS and their families with resources and tools such as the Public Policy Action Center.

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Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders in Young Adults With Prader-Willi Syndrome: A Placebo-Controlled, Crossover GH Trial

Sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBD) are common in people with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). Young adults with PWS benefit from GH continuation after attaining adult height by maintaining the improved body composition obtained during childhood. There are, no studies about the effects of GH on SRBD in young adults with PWS who were treated with GH during childhood. The...

Halloween Fun

Children, and many adults, look forward to Halloween with great anticipation…Bags full of sugary treats, scary decorations, and the thrill of trick or treating with friends and family…What could be more fun? But, what do you do for Halloween when your loved one has Prader-Willi syndrome? Can they safely participate in the festivities? The...

National Direct Support Professional Week

Direct support professional (DSP) is an umbrella term that includes many different titles and functions; for example: direct care, direct support worker/specialist/assistant/counselor, habilitation specialist, residential counselor, activities of daily living specialist, relief staff, apartment worker, developmental disabilities specialist, job coach, employment specialist, community bridge-builder, paid friend/neighbor, family care provider, family support services aide, community...

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PWSA (USA) and Shriner Hospital Partnership

I am so pleased and privileged to announce the new partnership between PWSA (USA) and Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.  This relationship is exciting and, indeed, hopeful. During the 2015 PWSA (USA) National Conference I was fortunate to be introduced to Ms. Cheryl Stauss, former First Lady of Shriner’s International.  Cheryl served as First Lady...