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On 15th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act, Report to Be Released About Improving Search for Causes & Cures for Birth Defects & Developmental Disabilities


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WHAT: Briefing event to release new report from Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) on U.S. policies and surveillance towards birth defects and developmental disabilities, “Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: The Search for Causes and Cures.”

The report, released on the 15 year anniversary after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, finds gaps in the collection of information about birth defects and developmental disabilities as well as missed opportunities to connect data collected by education and social service functions to health research studies. The report concludes with recommendations for improving research and investigation efforts for a number of diseases and conditions, including autism spectrum disorders, birth defects, and developmental and behavioral disabilities.

WHEN: Briefing on Tuesday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 430, Washington, D.C.

WHO: Shelley A. Hearne, DrPH, executive director of Trust for America’s Health

HOW: The report will be made available on TFAH’s Web site ( ) at 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 26. Advanced embargoed copies of the report are available to media upon request. For more information, please contact Laura Segal at 202-223-9870 ext. 278 or or Michael Earls at 202-223-9870 ext. 273 or


Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. Web: htpp://


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