developmental disability

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disability

 [dis″ah-bil´ĭ-te]
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.

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.

developmental disability

n.
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.

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.

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.

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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It also asked the Ministry of Health and Welfare to abolish a recent statute that excludes the mentally handicapped from working in social services.
Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that states cannot execute mentally handicapped people.
BEIRUT: Several vehicles belonging to civilian staff of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were vandalized in the early hours of Monday morning in the southern port of Tyre, the National News Agency reported.AaThe Lebanese Army released a statement saying that six assailants had been apprehended, five of whom were underage and one mentally handicapped. The group apparently admitted to damaging the vehicles for "childish reasons."Aa
Joyce founded the Cardiff Chameleons Swimming Club in 1959 - the first swimming club in the country specifically for mentally handicapped people.
It has so far awarded grants totalling about pounds 700 to three different causes associated with the mentally handicapped.
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Ackerman said the man, who is mentally handicapped, left a relative's home about 10:30 a.m.
My widowed cousin Mary died last month, leaving her mentally handicapped son living in sheltered accommodation.
For behind the smiles she was slowly bleeding dry the bank accounts of the terminally-ill and mentally handicapped in her care.
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In the same way many mentally handicapped children were neglected; no one cared about their welfare.
The Japanese federation for lawyers warned police and prosecutors Wednesday over a case in which a mentally handicapped man in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture was erroneously arrested and indicted.