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DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

A developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability of a person, which is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental or physical impairments. Developmental disabilities originate at birth or during childhood and are expected to continue indefinitely. These impairments result in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity: self care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self direction, capacity for independent living and economic self sufficiency. Many persons with developmental disabilities require special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services for extended periods of time or throughout their lives. Some examples of developmental disabilities are autism, behavior disorders, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, or fetal alcohol syndrome.

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