An Initiative of The American Association on Mental Retardation, Sponsored by The John Merck Fund and The Johnson Foundation, with Support from
The Arc of the United States Research Fund and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities
The goal of the Summit was to bring the developmental disabilities and environmental health networks together to develop a National Blueprint for Health Promotion and Disability Prevention that contributes to the broader national effort aimed at reducing the unnecessary occurrence of disabilities due to avoidable exposure to pollutants and toxins. Questions addressed by the summit include: what is known about the relationship between toxins and the occurrence of mental retardation and related developmental disabilities; what can be done to prevent the unnecessary causes of mental retardation and related developmental disabilities; what innovative efforts are currently being taken across the country in the areas of research, service and public policy; and what specific action steps can be taken by the national MRDD organizations to educate and mobilize constituencies in support of the National Blueprint to prevent the unnecessary occurrence of disabilities.
American Association on Mental Retardation
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