Developmental Disability (DD)

A term used to describe life-long disabilities resulting from a mental and/or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments, with an onset prior to the age of 22. Such disabilities affect daily functioning in three or more functional areas, including capacity for independent living, economic expressive language, self-care, and self-direction. Examples of developmental disabilities include cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and epilepsy. Developmental disabilities are also referred to as intellectual disabilities.

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