Among those of us who care deeply for and about people with developmental disabilities, I hope to hear emerge a new voice, ours, rising together for the benefit of all, harmonizing with reason, respect and hope, and transcending divisions, giving birth to a new era of creative cooperation.

Toward this potential, DD EXCHANGE is for conversation, civil sounding off, sharing of stories, experience, information, resources, and inspiration, giving and receiving support, and creative problem solving.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Are DD Growing In Numbers?

I find the following statistics staggering!

"One out of 10 children born today is diagnosed with a developmental disability including autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and Prader Willi. One out of every 100 children is diagnosed with autism. Eight out of 10 families raising a special needs child is experiencing divorce, and a disabled child is three times more likely to experience child abuse than a child without special needs." by Alan Duretz, July 6, 2010, writing in the Sun-Sentinal about groundbreaking for JAFCO Respite and Family Resource Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities. (Just click on the title to read the full article.)

Are the numbers of people with dd increasing or have there always been so many and society's awareness expanding?

I am heartened to read creative approaches to meeting such need.
The JAFCO plan sounds comprehensive. Is their approach unique?

Do you have related experience? as family who has used such services or as provider or team member who have offered them? I am so interested to hear what is being offered: what is successful and why, not successful and why, too.