Developmental Disability Awareness Month

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:
  1. Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairment.
  2. Is manifested before the individual attains age 22
  3. Is likely to continue indefinitely.
  4. Results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity:
          1. Self-care
          2. Receptive and expressive language
          3. Learning
          4. Mobility
          5. Self Direction
          6. Capacity for independent living
          7. Economic self-sufficiency
          8. 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.

CDC- Learn the Signs. Act early

History of the developmental Disabilities Act

Test how much you know about developmental disabilities.

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