Rett syndrome is a rare, genetic, neurological disorder affecting mainly females (1:10,000) and very few males. It is present from conception. After a period of ‘near normal’ development, the child experiences a regression in key skills, usually mobility, speech and hand use between the ages of one and two years. The child may appear very withdrawn during this stage and this often leads to a misdiagnosis of being on the autistic spectrum. Multiple comorbidities appear post regression including epilepsy, breathing disruption, scoliosis, gut and bowel problems. Whilst the disorder is genetic, in the majority of cases it is not inherited. Rett syndrome is usually caused by a fault on a gene called MECP2 which is found on the X chromosome. People with Rett syndrome have profound and multiple physical and learning disabilities. They are totally reliant on others for support throughout their lives, yet they are radiating love and enjoying their life to the fullest.

About Us

Rett Syndrome Europe is a small, not for profit, voluntary led organisation established in 1994 (reorganised in 2001) to serve the interests of families across Europe affected by this devastating disorder. The board are all parents of people with Rett syndrome.

Scientific Advisory Board

A recent development of Rett Syndrome Europe, The Scientific Advisory Board, brings together some of the most well known and active scientists, researchers and therapists in Europe. Working together for the benefit of our families.

Membership

Rett Syndrome Europe currently has 25 member countries; either represented by a formal organisation or an individual. We welcome new applications and will support individuals who wish to formalise support in their country.

Family Resources

Lots of important and useful resources for families seeking to understand more about how Rett syndrome affects their daughter or son, what they can do to help them and find support for themselves. We aim to bring you regular updates not just from Europe but from around the world.

Latest news

Rett Syndrome Awareness Campaign
October is Global Rett Syndrome Awareness Month! A chance for us all to raise awareness of this rare disease! We all know as parents how devastating a diagnosis of Rett syndrome is – we see …
Call for photos
October is Rett Syndrome Awareness month. We would like to dedicate it to the quality of life of our Rett people and raise awareness that despite all the challenges, the life of our Rett children …
Hungarian Rett summer camp vibes
The Hungarian Rett Syndrome Foundation has been organizing therapeutic summer camps for girls with Rett Syndrome every year since 1995. This year they took place in Hajdúszoboszló on two occasions in July and August. Organizing a …
RSE General Assembly meeting 2021
Upon the request of our members and due to another Rett event happening on the 20th of November, RSE has decided to change the date of the Annual General Assembly meeting, which will be held …
An Invitation to Take Part in a Research Study
"Hello! My name is Usree Bhattacharya and I am mom to a 5-year-old girl, Kalika, with Rett syndrome, and a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Georgia (US). My training …
#30MillionReasons
Share your reason for action on rare diseases! Rett syndrome is one of around 6000 rare diseases but is one the more common ones affecting 1;10,000 females and 1;40,000 males. We do not know how …
Meet Ann Charlotte…
Ann-Charlotte is 73 years old and lives in Sweden. Many thanks to Ann-Charlotte, her family and Helena Wandin at The National Rett Centre in Sweden for permission to share this story in the first of …
RSE Membership Survey results and next steps
Many thanks to everyone who completed our Membership Survey. It is really helpful in allowing us to plan better to meet your needs and interests as members. Please take a look at a brief report …
A busy May for RSE!
Feels like a rush hour! In just a few weeks we´ve participated in 3 different events: May 12-14 – EURORDIS Membership meeting During this 3 days online event different countries and representatives of various rare …
New Dates Announced for the 9th World Congress!
We are all hoping this will go ahead in 2022! Please make a note in your diary and keep an eye on the website as we update you with more information about the event. https://rettworldcongress.org/
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