As a coalition of advocates, we are all working hard to achieve a common goal: newborn screening for leukodystrophies.
For a leukodystrophy to be added to a newborn screening panel, there needs to be a treatment and a viable newborn screening test in existence. Right now, that is the case for just a few of the 40+ leukodystrophies that have been identified. But, we have to start somewhere! And for the leukodystrophies that are recommended for screening, there is not yet universal implementation. This means there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that a zip code does not determine life or death.
Some leukodystrophies are in the process of being implemented in more regions while others still need to be put on screening panels first. With the LD NBS Action Network, we hope you can help further both of these goals. We have provided guidance and resources from advocates that have been in your very shoes. And, we are here to support your advocacy journey!