CHARGE Resources & Links
Environmental Health Resources and Information
- The Tox Town website is hosted by the National Library of Medicine, and provides non-technical information about specific chemicals, how the environment impacts human health, and resources on environmental health topics.
- Environmental Health Perspectives is a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on environmental health topics. EHP is published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
- Institute for Children’s Environmental Health is a non-profit educational organization working to reduce harmful environmental exposures to children.
- Environmental Working Group is a non-profit environmental health advocacy organization. They specialize in resources such as the Skin Deep personal care products database and the Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
The Skin Deep database can be found here:
The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides database can be found here:
- Critical Windows of Development is a timeline of how the human body develops in the womb, with animal research showing when low-dose exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during development results in altered health outcomes.”
- The nonprofit Ecology Center launched the Consumer Action Guide to Toxic Chemicals in Toys to provide parents and other caregivers with information on toys containing potentially hazardous chemicals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury.
Autism and Developmental Disabilities Resources and Information
- Autism Speaks is the largest autism advocacy organization in the U.S., dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
- California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—“Learn the Signs. Act Early” is a website to help parents recognize the early signs of autism.
- Family Resource Centers Network-- Staffed by families of children with special needs, family resource centers offer parent-to-parent support and help parents, families, and children locate and use needed services.
- Families for Early AutismTreatment (FEAT) is a Northern California based organization providing education, advocacy and support for the Northern California Autism Community.