The Mind, Disrupted Biomonitoring Project is sponsored by the Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI), whose leadership partners include: the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the Autism Society (ASA), the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), and the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD).
The Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI) is a national science-based project comprised of learning and developmental disability organizations, researchers, health professionals and environmental health groups working to address concerns about the adverse impact environmental pollutants may have on the healthy development of the brain and nervous system and the health conditions of those who already have a learning, behavioral or developmental disorder. For more information, please see: www.healthandenvironment.org/working_groups/learning or www.disabilityandenvironment.org.
The Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center (CBRC), www.commonweal.org, and the Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), www.akaction.org, provided additional support.
The Mind, Disrupted Biomonitoring Project was supported by grants from the Cedar Tree Foundation and the John Merck Fund.
Sponsoring Organizations Include:
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
and AAIDD’s Environmental Health Initiative (EHI)
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD launched an Environmental Health Initiative designed to promote good health and reduce disability by forging ground breaking partnerships among the developmental disabilities networks and the environmental health communities.
Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)
ACAT is a statewide organization established in 1997 and dedicated to achieving environmental health and justice. The mission is to assure justice by advocating for environmental and community health. ACAT works to eliminate the production and release of harmful chemicals by industry and military sources; ensure community right-to-know; achieve policies based on the precautionary principle; and support the rights and sovereignty of Indigenous peoples.
The Autism Society increases public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocates for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Collaborative on Health and the Environment
CHE works to strengthen the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health and to facilitate collaborative efforts to address environmental health concerns. Founded in 2002, CHE is an international partnership of over 3,500 individuals and organizations in 45 countries and 48 states, including scientists, health professionals, health-affected groups, nongovernmental organizations and other concerned citizens, committed to improving human and ecological health. CHE maintains a comprehensive listing of environmental health science-based resources, searchable by health issue, environmental/toxic issue and target audience.
Commonweal, founded in 1976, is a health and environment research institute and education center that houses 11 major programs-including the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Biomonitoring Resource Center and the Cancer Help Program. Over the past 34 years, Commonweal has developed programs of national and often international distinction in seven major areas of work: cancer care, health care, juvenile justice, environmental health science and policy, oceans and marine life, permaculture gardening, and continuing adult education through collaborative learning.
Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI)
LDDI is an international partnership fostering collaboration among learning and developmental disability organizations, researchers, health professionals and environmental health groups to address concerns about the impact environmental pollutants may have on neurological health. LDDI, one of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s major working groups, currently has over 400 organizational and individual participants engaged in educational and policy efforts. The LDDI site hosts an extensive list of resources on learning and developmental disabilities, including fact sheets and practice prevention columns summarizing the environmental health science for non-scientists, biomonitoring reports and peer-reviewed summaries of the scientific information regarding environmental influences on LDDs and other neurological disorders.
Environmental Health Fund
The Environmental Health Fund (EHF) works to protect human health and environment from toxic and dangerous chemicals. EHF’s goal is to transform the policies, regulations and practices that affect the entire lifecycle of toxic chemicals with the goal of achieving a healthier and more sustainable future in which these pollutants no longer contaminate our bodies, food, homes, communities, and the broader environment.
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
and LDA’s Healthy Children’s Project
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates. The state and local affiliates work continuously for individuals with learning disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who serve them. The LDA Healthy Children Project is dedicated to reducing the effects of environmental contaminants on brain development, especially in children.
National Association of Dually Diagnosed (NADD)
and NADD's Environmental Health Project
NADD is a not-for-profit membership association established for professionals, care providers, and families to promote understanding of and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs. The mission of NADD is to advance mental wellness for persons with developmental disabilities through the promotion of excellence in mental health care.
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a groundbreaking coalition of diverse groups united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day.