The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates  about one in six, or about 17% of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities.Even though developmental disabilities are not uncommon, there are still many misconceptions surrounding them.

You’ll find some links to downloadable PDF’s below that may be used to better understand the history of disability rights in th United States and increase your overall awareness of what a developmental disability is.

Timeline Infograph
Learning, Intellectual, and Developmental Disability
What is A Developmental Disability

Disability Conversation

As mentioned above, 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.  You’ll find links below with information on how to use person-first language and why it matters, as well as links to a few phenomenal Ted Talks on the subject.

The Disability Conversation, Ted Talk

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!