People with developmental or intellectual disabilities have a disability characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior, which covers a range of everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18.
The ability to learn is often questioned with those who have intellectual disabilities, but that is a misnomer based on the perception of what this developmental disability actually is. Down Syndrome is often associated with an intellectual disability, but there many individuals with an intellectual disability do not have Down Syndrome. One should also note that having mental retardation doesn't mean a person can't learn. Ask anyone who knows and loves a person with an intellectual disability! Some kids with autism or cerebral palsy may be described as having an intellectual disability, yet they often have a great capacity to learn and become quite capable children, teens, and adults.
Just like other health problems, intellectual disabilities can be mild (smaller) or major (bigger). The greater the disability, the more trouble someone will have learning and becoming an independent person.
There is hope; there are those who listen and understand; and there are choices for those affected by disabilities. FVDD can help by offering the research, resources, and support so that families and individuals can make informed choices. We advocate for dignity and choice for persons with developmental disabilities.
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We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~ Stacie Tauscher
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