Did You Know?
…how Mary Centre defines “developmental challenge”?*
Every person is limited in one way or another. We aren’t all great cooks or athletes or geniuses.
People who are developmentally challenged have trouble learning. They struggle with tasks that others find easy. But in their feelings and emotions, in their range of likes and dislikes, they are more or less like anyone else.
A person can be severely or moderately challenged. It is a permanent condition. And so some need help and support with skills like communication, grooming, mobility and making appropriate decisions.
People who are developmentally challenged are often special in the way they embrace relationships and get people to share. They can make important contributions to their workplace and community.
This is why Mary Centre celebrates developmental challenges.
* Terms used by other organizations include “developmental handicap,” “intellectually challenged,” “developmentally delayed,” “intellectual disability,” “mental handicap” and similar phrases.
A person with a developmental challenge is someone who has a significantly lower than average level of general intellectual functioning. Developmental challenges arise from a variety of causes, for example, difficulties with pregnancy or the birth process, genetic conditions such as Down Syndrome and Fragile X, illnesses such as meningitis and encephalitis.
Most people with developmental challenges lead lives like most of the population. Some may need varying degrees of emotional support or education to live successfully. And others may require extensive support in most areas of their daily lives. Although a person with a developmental challenge learns at a slower pace than the general population, he or she can learn to do many things.