Bethesda has long been a beacon of hope and support for the many people we support, including men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as their families. We work tirelessly on behalf of the people we support so they can live their best life in a loving way that is always true to our Christian mission.
According to the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, “Developmental Disabilities” is an umbrella term that includes intellectual disability but also includes other disabilities that are apparent during childhood.
Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic disabilities that appear before the age of 22 and are likely to be lifelong in impact. Some developmental disabilities are largely physical issues, such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy. Some individuals may have a condition that includes a physical and intellectual disability, like Down syndrome or fetal alcohol syndrome.
Intellectual disability encompasses the “cognitive” part of a disability that relates to thought processes. Intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18.
Intellectual and developmental disabilities can often co-occur in a person.