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Understanding Rare Chromosome and Gene Disorders

Unique Families


With a global network of Families & Professionals, Unique can help you find out more about your child's or your own rare chromosome disorder, copy number variant or single gene disorder associated with learning disability and developmental delay. Click the button below to join us. We can answer many of your questions and match you with other families. You'll also be helping us understand the lifetime effects of these rare disorders. Alternatively, for queries, email info@rarechromo.org

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Welcome to Unique

Discovering that you or your child has a rare chromosome disorder, copy number variant or single gene disorder causing your child's learning disability, developmental delay and maybe other symptoms can come as a great shock. You might be feeling a mixture of emotions; sadness, confusion, numbness, anger, guilt, "why me?", isolation, bewilderment and very often a sense of grief for the child you had anticipated. You might despair at the lack of information about your own or your child's disorder or that the disorder hasn't even got a 'proper' name. Whatever your feelings and emotions, we know how much it can help to talk to people who understand what you are going through and who even know what you are talking about.

How can we help?

You might want to learn more about your child's rare chromosome disorder, copy number variant or single gene disorder or find another child with the same disorder. We can try to help you with information and family links and matches. Even if your child's disorder is unique, just talking to other parents can help to alleviate feelings of isolation and "Why me?" Please click on the links above and below for more information and to learn how we can help. If you can't find a guide to your child's disorder we might still have members registered on our confidential database with a similar disorder.  Just ask us on info@rarechromo.org Please note that we do not cover mitochondrial or metabolic disorders.

Practical Guides and Packs for Members

We collect information to help families affected by rare chromosome disorders, copy number variants and single gene disorders associated with learning disability and developmental delay with practical daily living and have produced a series of information guides on a variety of topics from communication to grants and funding. Additional practical guides and updates to existing guides will be coming on stream all the time, as fundraising and donations allow, so please do pop back regularly to see what’s new.

UK Membership

We have members living across the UK.  Click on the link below to see how many members live in your county.

UK Membership
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Country County No. of Members
England -none- 44
England Avon 128
England Bath & NE Somerset 12
England Bedfordshire 138
England Berkshire 131
England Buckinghamshire 126
England Cambridgeshire 206
England Cheshire 231
England Cleveland 67
England Cornwall 112
England County Durham 118
England Cumbria 77
England Derbyshire 153
England Devon 194
England Dorset 110
England East Riding of Yorkshire 28
England East Sussex 220
England East Yorkshire 58
England Essex 372
England Gloucestershire 103
England Greater Manchester 263
England Hampshire 370
England Herefordshire 24
England Hertfordshire 231
England Humberside 17
England Isle of Man 7
England Isle of Wight 22
England Kent 436
England Lancashire 342
England Leicestershire 129
England Lincolnshire 167
England London 519
England Merseyside 159
England Middlesex 139
England NE Lincolnshire 14
England Newcastle 1
England NM 88012 1
England Norfolk 172
England North Lincolnshire 9
England North Somerset 25
England North Yorkshire 132
England Northamptonshire 138
England Northumberland 43
England Nottinghamshire 200
England Oxfordshire 110
England Rutland 4
England Shropshire 67
England Somerset 133
England South Gloucestershire 26
England South Yorkshire 251
England Staffordshire 163
England Suffolk 155
England Surrey 359
England Tyne & Wear 160
England Warwickshire 104
England West Midlands 314
England West Sussex 168
England West Yorkshire 340
England Wiltshire 135
England Winchester 1
England Wirral 4
England Worcestershire 68
England Yorkshire 4
Northern Ireland -none- 5
Northern Ireland Co. Antrim 107
Northern Ireland Co. Armagh 36
Northern Ireland Co. Derry 11
Northern Ireland Co. Down 73
Northern Ireland Co. Fermanagh 12
Northern Ireland Co. Londonderry 24
Northern Ireland Co. Tyrone 24
Scotland -none- 9
Scotland Aberdeenshire 52
Scotland Angus 18
Scotland Argyll 5
Scotland Argyll & Bute 12
Scotland Arran 1
Scotland Ayrshire 27
Scotland Berwickshire 2
Scotland Caithness 3
Scotland Central 10
Scotland Clackmannanshire 3
Scotland Dumfries & Galloway 16
Scotland Dumfrieshire 6
Scotland Dunbartonshire 10
Scotland East Ayrshire 4
Scotland East Dunbartonshire 5
Scotland East Lothian 18
Scotland East Renfrewshire 1
Scotland Fife 53
Scotland Grampian 6
Scotland Highland 14
Scotland Inverclyde 2
Scotland Isle of Bute 1
Scotland Isle of Lewis 2
Scotland Isle of Skye 1
Scotland Kirkcudbrightshire 1
Scotland Lanarkshire 28
Scotland Lothian 22
Scotland Midlothian 34
Scotland Moray 4
Scotland North Ayrshire 4
Scotland North Lanarkshire 33
Scotland Orkney 1
Scotland Outer Hebrides 1
Scotland Perthshire 7
Scotland Renfrewshire 27
Scotland Ross and Cromarty 1
Scotland Ross-shire 10
Scotland Roxburghshire 8
Scotland Scottish Borders 10
Scotland Selkirkshire 5
Scotland Shetland 7
Scotland South Ayrshire 3
Scotland South Lanarkshire 15
Scotland Stirlingshire 39
Scotland Strathclyde 84
Scotland Sutherland 1
Scotland Tayside 1
Scotland West Dunbartonshire 2
Scotland West Lothian 29
Scotland Wigtownshire 1
Wales -none- 6
Wales Anglesey 11
Wales Cardiff 1
Wales Carmarthenshire 22
Wales Ceredigion 11
Wales Clwyd 15
Wales Conwy 11
Wales Denbighshire 16
Wales Dyfed 2
Wales Flintshire 11
Wales Glamorgan 9
Wales Gwent 42
Wales Gwynedd 18
Wales Mid Glamorgan 28
Wales Monmouthshire 18
Wales Pembrokeshire 23
Wales Powys 14
Wales Rhondda Cynon Taff 12
Wales Rhondda Valley 1
Wales South Glamorgan 42
Wales Vale of Glamorgan 16
Wales West Glamorgan 33

International Membership

We welcome families and individuals affected by rare chromosome and autosomal dominant single gene disorders to join our membership, no matter where in the world you live.  Click on the link below to see how many members we have living in your country.

International Membership
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Country No. of Members
Albania 3
Alderney 1
Argentina 73
Aruba 1
Australia 1470
Austria 29
Bahrain 1
Belarus 5
Belgium 65
Bermuda 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina 8
Brazil 145
Brunei Darussalam 1
Bulgaria 9
Cambodia 1
Canada 909
Canary Islands 6
Chile 29
China 23
Colombia 33
Costa Rica 1
Croatia 15
Cuba 1
Curacao 1
Cyprus 12
Czech Republic 17
Czechia 1
Denmark 75
Dominican Republic 5
Ecuador 4
Egypt 6
Eire 538
El Salvador 1
Estonia 8
Faroe Islands 1
Fiji 1
Finland 78
France 177
Georgia 4
Germany 261
Ghana 1
Gibraltar 7
Greece 21
Guatemala 8
Guernsey 11
Hong Kong 25
Hungary 8
Iceland 17
India 39
Indonesia 11
Iran 7
Iraq 1
Israel 45
Italy 160
Japan 14
Jersey 10
Jordan 4
Kazakhstan 1
Kenya 2
Kuwait 3
Latvia 5
Lebanon 4
Lithuania 2
Luxembourg 5
Macedonia 2
Malaysia 19
Malta 12
Mexico 40
Moldova 2
Monaco 1
Montenegro 1
Morocco 9
Namibia 1
Netherlands 4
New Zealand 355
Nigeria 3
North Macedonia 1
Norway 145
Oman 5
Pakistan 5
Peru 6
Philippines 13
Poland 103
Portugal 42
Puerto Rico 8
Qatar 6
Republic of Panama 4
Romania 36
Russia 108
Saudi Arabia 13
Senegal 1
Serbia 5
Singapore 19
Slovakia 10
Slovenia 14
South Africa 126
South Korea 10
Spain 170
Sri Lanka 5
Sudan 1
Sweden 128
Switzerland 64
Syria 1
Taiwan 8
Thailand 9
The Netherlands 280
Trinidad & Tobago 3
Turkey 34
U.S.A 2
U.S.A. 8385
Ukraine 14
United Arab Emirates 29
United Kingdom 10745
Uruguay 5
Venezuela 7
Vietnam 2
Zimbabwe 2
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