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abcMind, Disrupted would not have been possible without leaders in the learning and developmental disability communities, environmental health communities, leading researchers and scientists, and advocates. Special thanks to Sharyle Patton from Commonweal; Laura Abulafia and Elise Miller from the Learning and Developmental Disability Initiative; Pam Miller, Sarah Petras, Colleen Keane, Sara Hannon, and Sam Byrne from Alaska Community Action on Toxics; Stephenie Hendricks; Judith Robinson from Environmental Health Fund; Katharine Huffman and Ellie Collinson from the Raben Group; Cedar Tree; The John Merck Fund; and all the participants in this project, who gave so generously of their time and energy to raise awareness about these pressing health concerns.

A special acknowledgement is due to all the individuals who made the decision to have their bodies tested for the presence of neurotoxic chemicals in this project, so that we might be reminded of the urgent need to halt further such exposures. Their dedication to this project required courage and integrity, and determination.

Mind, Disrupted Lead Author:

Shelby Gonzalez

Scientific review by:

Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science and Environmental Health Network
David Carpenter, MD, Director Institute for Health and Environment, University at Albany, Rensselaer
Tom Zoeller, PhD, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Additional review of chemical fact sheets by:

Tom Webster, DSc, Associate Chairman, Environmental Health, Boston University
Jessica Nelson, MPH, Boston University
Patricia Hunt, PhD, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University

We thank the reviewers for their valuable contributions to this report and fact sheets, however we accept responsibility for any errors of interpretation. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the reviewers.

Participant names and titles:

Laura Abulafia, MHS
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Title: National Director, Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI)
Director of Education and Outreach, Environmental Health Initiative, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

Stephen Boese, MSW
Location: Latham, NY
Title: Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of New York State

Robert Fletcher, DSW
Location: Kingston, New York
Title: Founder and CEO, The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD)

Vernell Jessie
Location: Houston, Texas
Title: Longtime disability advocate and public relations practitioner

David Irons
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Title: Professional Athlete and Free Agent; cornerback for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 2007–2008; sponsor of summer sports programs for children through his foundation Irons to Impact, or “I2I”

Joseph P. Meadours
Location: Sacramento, California
Title: Executive Director, People First of California

Jeff Sell, Esq.
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Title: Vice President, Public Policy, The Autism Society (ASA)

Larry B. Silver, MD
Location: Rockville, Maryland
Title: Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center; former Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); and Past President of the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

Maureen Swanson, MPA
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Title: Coordinator, Healthy Children Project, Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

Beth Terrill
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Title: Self-Advocate

Cathy Terrill, MDP
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Title: President and CEO, Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities; and Past President of the American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)-now known as the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

Ann WingQuest
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Title: Individual Service Provider, ARC of Anchorage