According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
- 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.
- hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections and exposure to excessive noise.
- Over 5% of the world’s population has disability loss including 32 million children
March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month.
In 2010, 5.2 percent of school-aged children were reported to have a disability
15.2 million Adults (6.3 percent experience some kind of cognitive disability.
According to the CDC, one in six or about 15 percent of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities.
The Term “developmental disability” means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that:
Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairment.
Is manifested before the individual attains age 22
Is likely to continue indefinitely.
Results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity:
Receptive and expressive language
Capacity for independent living
Reflects the individual’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or genetic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
Infants and children- An individual from birth to age 9, inclusive who has substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting 3 or more of the criteria described in clause 4.
Test how much you know about developmental disabilities.
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March is National Professional Social Work Month!
The National Association of Social Workers states that this is “an opportunity to highlight the important contributions they make to society.”
Social Workers work hard to improve the lives of others including people with developmental disabilities. Some of the ways that social workers make a difference and help people with special needs include:
Serve as advocates
Locate social services and resources for families
Provide counseling for individuals with disabilities, families and staff
Manage a caseload
Coordinate new admissions and intakes
In honor of National Professional Social Work Month, I have included some social work resources links
Blogs by Social Workers
Careers in Social Work
Journals and Articles
Social Work and Developmental Disabilities
Edwards Syndrome also known as Trisomy 18 is a rare disorder caused by an extra copy of the 18th chromosome. Edward syndrome occurs in 1 in 6000 births and will affect female more than males. It is also the second most common trisomy after Down Syndrome
- Clenched hands
- Crossed legs
- Low birth weights
- Developmental delays
- Microcephaly (small head)