developmental disability

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1. impairment of function to below the maximal level, either physically or mentally.
2. anything that causes such impairment.
3. the United States Government defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of an individual's major life activities:” this includes both those individuals with a record of an impairment and those regarded as having such an impairment.
4. the World Health Organization defines disability as loss of function at the level of the whole person, which may include inability to communicate or to perform mobility, activities of daily living, or necessary vocational or avocational activities; rehabilitation is aimed at teaching patients to remediate or compensate and thus maximize functional independence. See also handicap and impairment.
developmental disability a substantial handicap in mental or physical functioning, with onset before the age of 18 and of indefinite duration. Examples are autism, cerebral palsy, uncontrolled epilepsy, certain other neuropathies, and mental retardation.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

de·vel·op·men·tal dis·a·bil·i·ty

loss of function brought on by prenatal and postnatal events in which the predominant disturbance is in the acquisition of cognitive, language, motor, or social skills; for example, mental retardation, autistic disorder, learning disorder, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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developmental disability

A physical, cognitive, or emotional impairment, often caused by a neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy or autism spectrum disorder, that appears early in life and limits a person's ability to learn, communicate, or perform one or more activities of daily life.
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de·vel·op·men·tal dis·a·bil·ity

(dĕ-vel'ŏp-men'tăl dis'ă-bil'i-tē)
Loss of function brought on by prenatal and postnatal events in which the predominant disturbance is in the acquisition of cognitive, language, motor, or social skills; e.g., mental retardation, autistic disorder, learning disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

de·vel·op·men·tal dis·a·bil·ity

(dĕ-vel'ŏp-men'tăl dis'ă-bil'i-tē)
Loss of function brought on by prenatal and postnatal events in which the predominant disturbance is in the acquisition of cognitive, language, motor, or social skills.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about developmental disability

Q. Is pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or autism is fatal……what exactly it is……?

A. Autism is not fatal in its symptom and progression but it can become fatal as it does impair normal physiological function it CAN BE a fatal condition. It’s a group of illness which involves delays in the development of basic skills. It happens to children below age 3. It affects the child`s ability to communicate and interact. Autism affected children are also found to be mentally retarded.

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The authoritative definition is that of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
Teaching these skills to adults with IDD requires a new instructional model, which "Teaching Authentic Cooking Skills to Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" provides.
"SB 3041 permits local communities to provide local resources for supporting and creating local services for their residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities," said Kim Zoeller, president and CEO of the Ray Graham Association.
One of the big initiatives of AADMD, Special Olympics and other disability-related organizations has been to have people with intellectual and developmental disabilities designated by the federal government as a "medically underserved population." There are multiple benefits that come from having this population named an MUP For a fuller understanding of the reasons for seeking such a designation, please see the Autistic Self Advocacy Network's policy brief (
Additional supports will be available through the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Vocational Rehabilitation and University of Rochester's Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Lead author of the study, Hilary Brown said, "Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities are more likely than those without such disabilities to be young and disadvantaged in each marker of social, health, and health care disparities.
Asin added, the EU has funded the Analysis of the Position of Children with Developmental Disabilities in BiH and, as a result, has received specific recommendations regarding the protection of those children's rights.
"Different Dreams: Reflections and Realities of Raising a Child With Developmental Disabilities" is an instructional guide for new parents in which DeGenova shares the challenges she's overcome and what other parents of a child with developmental disabilities can expect on their own respective journeys.
Tribune News Network Doha BEST Buddies Qatar (BBQ), in cooperation with Ooredoo and the Department of Psychological Sciences at Qatar University, held a workshop recently on the role of volunteering by teachers and students in social integration of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness of the importance of social integration of people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities into community through training schools officials across the country to apply the mechanism of programmes and activities that are accessible to all.
The emergence of mental health courts (MHCs) in North America, particularly in the United States, was the result of a paradigm shift as court personnel became increasingly sensitive to the state of mind of offenders charged with criminal offenses, specifically defendants with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses.
"I Am Limitless" is the message the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities would like to spread during March's Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

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