Prevention of Disabilities in Children: The Environment

While over the years, research has been funded to identify risk factors and mitigate symptoms of individual children’s disabilities or disease; little attention has been paid to the prevention of disabilities. Emerging evidence and research is beginning to provide the evidence needed for understanding that many of the disabilities of childhood have their roots in the environment-from toxins in air, water and soil to marketing practices that encourage unhealthy choices. In an article written by Stephen Rauch and Bruce Lanphear and published this Spring in Children with Disabilities, these two scientists map out the way for identifying and either eliminating or controlling widespread exposure of children to modifiable environmental risk factors. Preventing disabilities will require all of us to change our behaviors and how we live. Click here to download the article and educate others.