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Prevention of Disabilities

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Do We Collect the Important Data at Birth on the U.S. Standard Certificate of Live Birth to Prevent Lifelong Disability?

Although medical science does acknowledge a complex mix of risk factors prevalent in the research of Developmental Disabilities, the CDC cannot identify all the causes. The fact is there are many ways that the developing brain may be subject to: stress, infection, endures trauma or injury before, during, and after birth to cause the abnormal … Continue reading

Are We Doing Everything We Can Do to Collect the Data of Birth for Research to Find Causes of Developmental Disabilities?

  We must ask ourselves, are we doing everything we can do to collect the data of birth for research, are we doing the research to find the cause? Where is the data of birth injury? Where is the data to determine the cause? We agree with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … Continue reading

How Has the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities at Birth Been Ignored in Data Collection Efforts for the Last 30 Years?

If we could redo history, had not redefined Developmental Disabilities in legislation through mental health acts or if we had not removed the 1989 State Birth and Developmental Outcome Monitoring Programs in 1999, would we have collected more data and research in the last 30 years to understand the rising incidence of Developmental Disabilities.  Would … Continue reading

How Has the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities at birth been Ignored by the Medical Community for the Last 30 Years?

If we could redo history, if we focused on collecting very specific data at birth, labor practices, induced labor or cesarean delivery, medicine given before, during and after birth, would we have collected more data and research to understand the rising incidence of Developmental Disabilities such as Autism and Cerebral Palsy in children that we … Continue reading

How Has the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities at Birth Been Ignored in Policy and Research for the Last 30 Years?

If we could redo history, if the National Council on Disability had remained an agency to coordinate the prevention of disability from both birth defects and birth injury and if it had kept some aspect of policy and research focus on prevention, would we be at a better place, have collected more data and research … Continue reading

How Has the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities at birth been Ignored in Legislation for the Last 30 Years?

If we could redo history, had not redefined Developmental Disabilities in legislation through mental health acts or if we had not removed the 1989 State Birth and Developmental Outcome Monitoring Programs in 1999, would we be at a better place, have collected more data and research to understand the rising incidence of  Developmental Disabilities such … Continue reading

Developmental Disabilities are a great cost to our children, families and society; they are a critical public health issue that deeply impacts the lives of millions of Americans. (1)

Each year approximately 120,000 children are diagnosed with a lifelong Developmental Disability. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has estimated the lifetime cost of care for each individual citizen with Intellectual Disability and Cerebral Palsy is nearly $1 million (in 2003 dollars), approximately one half that figure for those with Vision or Hearing Impairments. (Caregiver, … Continue reading

Do you feel you are never allowed to complain or describe the ways disability is adversely affecting your life?

We, at New Horizons Un-Limited, value the individual and focus on strengths and weaknesses that make the whole person. As parents, family members, caregivers and individuals we try to focus on positive energy and independence. Although, once in a while, wouldn’t you like to complain when disability in your life is not going well for … Continue reading

Why in the past decade and a half has there been a significant increase in the number of children exhibiting Developmental Disabilities?

Why in the past decade and a half has there been a significant increase in the number of children exhibiting Developmental Disabilities, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Vision Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, and Cerebral Palsy with resulting motor disabilities and developmental delays? How much do we not know about the causes of … Continue reading

Why are we still unable to prevent Developmental Disabilities?

New Horizons Un-Limited’s mission in writing this article is to support the collection of data related to birth, in the hope of developing research to determine preventable causes of Developmental Disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy (CP). When a child is diagnosed with a Developmental Disability, the first thing we ask is, … Continue reading

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