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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New guidelines have been passed with the purpose of ensuring that developmentally disabled people are able to participate fully in their local communities. Sylvia Worden, latimes.com, "There are some wonderful homes for the developmentally disabled, but the ‘waiting’ lists are long," 14 May 2018 The only significant political split in the budget process came in the House when Hogan asked the legislature to lift certain spending mandates such as a 3.5 percent raise for caregivers for developmentally disabled people. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland lawmakers approve budget, turn to remaining issues," 28 Mar. 2018 My daughter's community is made up of her peers and the people who have chosen to work with the developmentally disabled. Sylvia Worden, latimes.com, "There are some wonderful homes for the developmentally disabled, but the ‘waiting’ lists are long," 14 May 2018 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

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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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