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about developmental disabilities


Did you know...

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1 in 5 people in the United States has a disability.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 19% of the 2010 population in the United States had a disability. That is approximately 56.7 million people. An article published by the CDC reported 15% of American children have a developmental disability, including autism and ADHD.

Common Types of Developmental Disabilities

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Disorders

Assessing Individuals in California

  1. Begin before the individual’s 18th birthday

  2. Be expected to continue indefinitely

    3. Present substantial limitations in            three or more life activities:

  • Self Care
  • Receptive & Expressive Language
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self-Direction
  • Capacity for Independent Living
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency

learn the signs & act early

Early intervention can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills as well as reduce the need for costly interventions over time.

A developmental delay is when a child does not reach milestones at the same time as similarly aged children.

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  • Playing
  • Learning
  • Speaking
  • Behaving
  • Moving  

If You’re Concerned - Don’t Wait!  

Talk to your child’s physician. The CDC offers many parent-friendly materials that are research-based, free and easily accessible.

Have a relative of a developmental disability?

For more info about our programs, please contact Kate O'Connor, Director of Programs and Operation at Lifehouse, to discuss your relative’s potential needs.

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