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Learning and Developmental Disabilities ScienceServ

This ScienceServ explores the emerging science investigating environmental impacts on neurological development and health. We provide this forum for health professionals, scientists, researchers, community groups, government agents, and the health-affected to connect, share and discuss evidence-based research regarding environmental contributors to a wide range of learning and developmental disabilities. In addition to posting influential research articles and other relevant materials, participants will find information about CHE Partnership calls, which feature the latest science on environmental factors that can lead to neurodevelopmental problems. 

content from ToxipediaWe define learning and developmental disorders broadly as conditions resulting from interference of normal brain development and function that adversely affect an individual's performance. These include deficits in learning and memory, reduced IQ, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, conduct disorders, and developmental delays. Also note that we primarily highlight research related to toxic chemical exposures and neurodevelopmental disorders, but include emerging science on other interacting environmental factors such as nutrition, socioeconomic status and psychosocial impacts when possible.

The ScienceServ is coordinated by Elise Miller, MEd, CHE’s director, and Nancy Hepp, MS, CHE’s research and communications specialist.

CHE does not take a stance on specific legislation nor sign petitions and the like. Rather, we investigate and discuss the scientific foundation for more health-protective policies in a civil tone. For posting guidelines and etiquette, please see our CHEtiquette.

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CHE’s Work on Learning and Developmental Disabilities

Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Agents Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2008

Policy Implications Based on the Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Agents Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2008

Article in the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability summarizing and updating these two statements: Scientific and policy statements on environmental agents associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, 2010

Resolution of the Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative, 2003
explores the emerging science investigating environmental impacts on neurological development and health. We provide this forum for health professionals, scientists, researchers, community groups, government agents, and the health-affected to connect, share and discuss evidence-based research regarding environmental contributors to a wide range of learning and developmental disabilities. In addition to posting influential research articles and other relevant materials, participants will find information about CHE Partnership calls, which feature the latest science on environmental factors that can lead to neurodevelopmental problems.