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Developmental Disabilities (DD) / Overview

Developmental disabilities encompass a broad range of conditions that result from mental and/or physical impairments. They are identified before the age of 22 and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. These disabilities include intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, language and learning disorders, cerebral palsy, vision impairment, and hearing loss.

Developmental disabilities affect approximately 17 percent of children under the age of 18 in the U.S., and an estimated 54 million people in the U.S. are currently living with a disability (Centers for Disease Control).

While the effects and severity of these conditions can vary widely, people with developmental disabilities often have challenges with life activities such as mobility, language, learning, self-care, and the ability to live independently.

Individuals with developmental disabilities can benefit greatly from appropriate services throughout the lifespan. Coordinated services and support can help individuals build happy, productive lives in their communities.

At May Institute, we have been providing the highest quality services available to individuals with disabilities and their families for more than 60 years.