developmental disabilitydevelopmental disability
A physical, cognitive, or emotional impairment, often caused by a neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy or autism spectrum disorder, that appears early in life and limits a person's ability to learn, communicate, or perform one or more activities of daily life.
(plural developmental disabilities)
- describes life-long disabilities attributable to mental and/or physical, or a combination of mental and physical impairments, manifested during childhood or later in the human development age (variously given as being before age 16, 18, or 21).
- (euphemistic) Mental retardation.