ED 220

Gebilet Mowes

Developmental, Intellectual, and Learning Disabilities

  • An intellectual disability is characterized significant limitations in intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior.
  • The disability is generally made apparent before the age of eighteen.

  • An IQ test can help determine most developmental, intellectual, and learning disabilities.
  • Adaptive behavior can be measured by what one can do in comparison to others in the same age group. Learning disabilities can affect the way we receive new information. There are a lot of different ways to share information and the best method can vary from person to person.
  • An example of a developmental disability is Down's Syndrome.
  • Another disability is Autism. There is a spectrum associated with Autism which measures the magnitude of the disability, but it is mostly characterized by an overload of the senses. The video entitled 'What Autism Feels Like' did a beautiful job explaining the struggle of Autism. I think a lot of people do not realize how debilitating it can be for the certain person.