On May 10, 2005 the AAIDD Environmental Health Initiative, the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Healthy Children Project and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative hosted a Senate Briefing, “Chemical Exposure, Children’s Health and Disability.” The Briefing was sponsored by Senators Lautenberg, DeWine, Jeffords, Kennedy, Kerry and Snowe.
The Briefing was organized because it is estimated that one in six children under the age of 18 have some form of a learning or developmental disability and the National Academy of Sciences estimates that 25% of developmental disabilities are due to gene-environment interactions. Furthermore, Autism and ADHD rates are rising and environmental causes are being implicated.
The Briefing offered two measures that could be implemented to help understand and mitigate these growing national concerns. First, full implementation and funding for the National Children’s Study which could be our nation’s best chance to find answers as to how environmental factors are affecting our children’s health and secondly, that our nation needs a revised chemical policy that serves to protect the health of pregnant women, children and other vulnerable populations.
Senate Briefing Agenda
“Dear Colleague” Briefing Invitation
Presentation by Lynne Goldman, MD, MPH – Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Remarks by Laura Hewitson, PhD – Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Remarks by Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH – Sloan Professor of Children’s Environmental Health, Director, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Remarks by Joseph Medours – Director of Consumer Empowerment and Self-Advocate, Alabama Mental Health and Mental Retardation Department
Presentation by Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP – Mt. Sinai School of Medicine