Developmental Disability

Definition

A developmental disability is any condition that begins before a person reaches adulthood, has a pervasive and lifelong effect on how that person’s mind and/or body develop, and leads to some degree of impairment.

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A developmental disability is any condition that begins before a person reaches adulthood, has a pervasive and lifelong effect on the way that person’s mind and or body develop, and leads to some degree of impairment. Some developmental disabilities, such as autism and Down Syndrome, are genetic in origin. Some, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, are acquired in the womb. Other developmental disabilities can be caused by childhood traumas such as brain injuries or severe malnutrition. People with developmental disabilities tend to be at particularly high risk for many kinds of abuse.

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  • Usage example: “People with developmental disabilities are disabled people.”

  • Case example: Autism, Down syndrome, and fetal alcohol syndrome are all developmental disabilities.

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