Disability Conversation

Developmental disabilities are not uncommon, but as a whole, our society tends to shy away from disability-related topics. We know that sparking conversation is the first step to sparking tangible and positive change,  so we’d like to equip you with resources that will help you feel confident when discussing developmental disabilities.  Check out our information on person-first language to learn how to use it and why it matters! Scroll down to find information on what a developmental disability is or to gain further insight into disability rights history in the United States.


Historically, people with disabilities have been victims of systematic discrimination, abuse, and neglect. In fact, it wasn’t until the 1950s that legislation started being created in the United States that honored the rights and citizenship inherent to every person with a disability. Below you’ll find a timeline of disability treatment in the U.S. that will inform your understanding of how far disability rights have come and how far we have yet to go.


As you can see from the timeline above, much of the abuse and discrimination the developmental disability community has endured over the years could have been alleviated if widespread education about disabilities had been available. Thanks to the dedication and advocacy of poeple with disabilities, families, and allies we have come a long way, but there is still so much left to accomplish. This is why being educated about developmental disabilities is so important. Check out the infograph below to learn more about what a developmental disability is and what it is not.



Additional Online Resources

Whether you want to be a part of an online community, are looking for more information, or want to increase your awareness about developmental disability rights, you’ve come to the right place! Check out these awesome online resources below to see which ones would be best benefit you and your loved ones!

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities 
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities exists to improve the quality of life for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families, wherever they chose to live, work, and spend their day. This website has the latest news related to the DD community in Ohio, as well as relevant information for you and your family.

The Arc  of Ohio 
The Arc of Ohio is a statewide membership association made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens and professionals in the disability field. This organization advocates for human rights, personal diginity and community participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through legislative and social action.

Special Books By Special Kids (SBSK) 
Founded in 2016, SBSK is a 501(c)3 organization that seeks to normalize the diversity of the human condition under the pillars of honesty, respect, mindfulness, positivity and collaboration. This multi-media movement supports the acceptance and celebration of all members of the neurodiverse community regardless of diagnosis, age, race, religion, income, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression. Be sure to check out SBSK’s Youtube Channel as well for informative and compelling interviews!