developmentally disabled

adjective

Definition of developmentally disabled 

: having a physical or mental impairment (such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida) that becomes apparent shortly after birth or during childhood and delays, limits, or prevents the progression of normal development (as in language, learning, or mobility)

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developmental disability noun

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The plan to include housing at the park for either the homeless, developmentally disabled or others is intended to address a key issue of concern for some community activists. San Francisco Chronicle, "After years of hands-off policy, UC plans to build housing on People’s Park," 1 May 2018 Simpson's son, now 8, is developmentally disabled and partially paralyzed from a severe brain injury, said Ken Daley, a spokesman for District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office. Heather Nolan, NOLA.com, "Mother gets 20-year sentence in cruelty case where boy had burn, bite marks," 14 Mar. 2018 The van was reportedly carrying several developmentally disabled adults from a care facility in Taylor, Michigan. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "2 killed when special needs van rolls over in Monroe County," 7 July 2018 In 2004, a Florida appeals court panel ruled that Gov. Jeb Bush could not appoint a guardian for the fetus of a developmentally disabled woman who had been raped and impregnated by a staff member at a state-run group home in Orlando. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Can the ‘immortal cells’ of Henrietta Lacks sue for their own rights?," 25 June 2018 Five people were arrested Tuesday in connection with the 2017 death of a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found in a garbage can encased in concrete. PEOPLE.com, "Developmentally Disabled Man Allegedly Did Labor for Caretaker Before Body Was Found Encased in Concrete," 8 June 2018 That means the developmentally disabled residents are temporarily in need of a new home, according to the fire department. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Driver led cops on chase right into home for disabled adults — on purpose, Calif. officials say," 27 June 2018 So did Rubinowitz’s developmentally disabled brother, Ben, who died two and a half years ago. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Tex Rubinowitz is back: The ‘Hot Rod Man’ takes his music out for another spin," 16 May 2018 This is the second story in my search for a home for my developmentally disabled daughter, Anabel. Sylvia Worden, latimes.com, "There are some wonderful homes for the developmentally disabled, but the ‘waiting’ lists are long," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of developmentally disabled

1975, in the meaning defined above

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developmentally disabled

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Medical Definition of developmentally disabled 

: having a physical or mental impairment (such as mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida) that becomes apparent shortly after birth or during childhood and delays, prevents, or limits progression of normal development (as in language, learning, or mobility) abbreviation DD

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