"Developmental Disability" is a term used to describe conditions attributed to a mental or physical impairment discovered early in life and likely to continue throughout life. The disability results in functional limitations in major life activities such as self-care, language development, learning, mobility, independent living, and vocational activities. The person with a disability often needs life-long supports, treatment, or other services.
People with a disability may have a diagnosis such as a cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, down syndrome, intellectual disability, epilepsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, mental health problems, etc. In addition, people with a developmental disability may exhibit learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, speech or language difficulties, muscle spasms resulting in movement trouble, sensory problems or other disorders.
People with developmental disabilities…
Require personal care
Have difficulty speaking, learning and moving
Have limitations being independent
Have limitations in learning and maintaining vocational activities