Learning Disability Association of America
NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ One out of six children are suffering from
behavioral disorder according to the Learning Disabilities Association and
the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS–NIU). Both
are calling for research testing to recognize, reduce and eliminate the
environmental toxins scientifically linked to learning disabilities.
Specifically, the two groups want all regulatory agencies and Congress to
institute neurotoxicity testing for food additives, pesticides and drugs to
find out how these young systems are being affected, says Audrey McMahon of
the Learning Disabilities Research Committee.
"We're concerned that the pervasive damage isn't visible until years later,
when it's reflected in a current endemic increase of learning disabilities,"
says McMahon. Those affected total an estimated 12 million children (17%) in
the United States under the age 18."
There is a release into the environment of developmental and neurological
toxins of about 24 billion tons a year, according to a publication,
"Polluting Our Future," that the Learning Disabilities Association released
in February with the National Environmental Trust and the Physicians for
Social Responsibility. But it found that U.S. industries reported only five
percent to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The report said that only a few chemicals have been tested and only 3% of
federal research expenditures have been spent on early child development.
The Learning Disabilities Association has invited Ken Olden, the NIEHS'
Director to speak at their Annual conference in New York, February 7-9th,
about his "mission to reduce disease and dysfunction from environmental
causes" through scientific research programs working tightly with
communities to involve lay and professional cooperation.
"This marriage between brain sciences research with advances in
environmental neurotoxicology and community participation is the only model that can guide
us to a new appreciation of needs and solutions," according to McMahon.
CO: Learning Disability Association of America; National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences