what is a developmental disability?
A developmental disability may be defined as any disabling condition, whether physical, emotional, or cognitive, that adversely impacts a young person during his/her growing years, usually before the age of 21. The term describes a broad category of conditions of different origin, including medical (e.g., cerebral palsy, seizures), genetic (e.g., Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome), gestational (e.g., fetal alcohol syndrome), accidental (e.g., traumatic brain injury), as well as unknown causes (e.g., autistic spectrum disorder).
What is developmental medicine?
Developmental Medicine is the field of pediatric and adult medical care dedicated to the special needs of individuals living with developmental disabilities. Many individuals may play an essential role in the medical care of a developmentally disabled person, including parents, siblings, physicians, therapists, nutritionists, nurses, and social workers. The goal of Developmental Medicine is to coordinate and guide this care.
Who are we?
The Foundation for Developmental Medicine, Inc. is a collaboration of physicians, health care professionals, and educators, who have dedicated themselves to the well-being of those living with developmental disabilities. The members of the Foundation have served the needs of the disabled community for over 25 years.