Mesa, AZ Becomes First-Ever Autism Certified City in U.S.

Mesa is the first-ever Autism Certified City in the U.S. designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), raising the profile of the East Valley city to millions of individuals with autism and millions of annual travelers impacted by autism. The innovative initiative is expected to raise the national profile of the city and inject a new source of visitor dollars to the region. The nearly year-long effort behind the autism […]

Senators Introduce Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act

On the heels of unanimous passage in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday evening as part of the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781)., the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act (H.R. 3637) continued its momentum on Wednesday night with introduction in the Senate as S. 2747. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). […]

Autism, ADHD is Again Associated with Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

by Elizabeth Hlavinka, Staff Writer, MedPage Acetaminophen (Tylenol) in pregnancy was tied to increased risk of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a prospective cohort study, researchers said. Among 996 mother-child pairs, those with higher levels of acetaminophen exposure — measured through biomarkers in cord blood at delivery — the chances that offspring would be diagnosed later with ADHD or ASD were significantly greater, reported Xiaobin Wang, MD, MPH, of Johns […]

Increase in Developmental Disabilities Among Children in the United States

Pediatrics has published a new study that describes how often developmental disabilities were diagnosed among children in the United States, and trends over time. In this study, scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) found that 17% of children aged 3–17 years had a developmental disability, and importantly, that this percentage increased over the two time periods compared, 2009–2011 and 2015–2017; increases were also […]

Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities

To address health disparities experienced by people with disabilities, the CDC’s Disability and Health Branch and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)External developed a collaborative project to promote disability inclusion strategies to make healthier choices the easier choices for all people where they may live, learn, work, and play. The Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities Project bridges state disability and health efforts and community engagement by addressing physical inactivity, poor nutrition and […]