Defining Developmental Disabilities
Developmental disability is not just one thing—but all developmental disabilities relate to the brain, or parts of the brain, not developing as expected. Most developmental disabilities are present at birth and may be identified very early in life—before age three. Some common developmental disabilities include intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy.
Living with a Developmental Disability
Developmental disabilities can affect social, behavioral, and communication functions. All children develop differently but, in general, children with developmental disabilities acquire skills at a slower pace than other children of similar age. Or, sometimes, not at all.
Being a Caregiver
Caring for someone with a developmental disability is both rewarding and challenging. It takes patience, willpower, compassion, persistence, and a remarkable commitment. That’s why it’s also important for caregivers to take breaks and pay attention to their own needs to relieve stress.
Raise Your Voice
People with developmental disabilities need more than the love and support of their families and friends. They also need strong voices to speak for them out in the world. You can help. Damar can show you how.
Training and Learning Opportunities
Damar offers a wide range of opportunities to help caregivers, advocates, individuals, and organizations learn more about developmental disabilities—and how you can make a remarkable difference in the world. If you want to learn, we have the resources to get you started and keep you growing in your journey.
Jessica, Nancy, & Rebecca
Jessica, Nancy, and Rebecca are not related by blood, but they are truly family in every other sense of the word. Since coming together at Damar 11 years ago, their love for each other has only grown.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a developmental disability? What happens after an autism diagnosis? What services are available? What do you do next? We have answers to these questions and many others.
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