What is a developmental disability?
Developmental disability is a diverse group of severe chronic conditions that are due to mental and/or physical impairments. Developmental disabilities cause individuals living with them many difficulties in certain areas of life, especially in "language, mobility, learning, self-help, and independent living". Developmental disabilities can be detected early on, and do persist throughout an individual's lifespan. - Wikipedia
As Modern Living Services team members prepared for our first big fundraiser, “Modern Taste of the Tri-Cities”, we were contacted via email by Bill, who requested assistance with his own independent living. Struggling with his independence, and a disability that is not severe enough for him to qualify for state supported services, we find ourselves working to much more quickly begin providing services for disabled adults by using volunteers.
Choosing a recipe, shopping for ingredients and cooking a meal are accomplishments the Southridge High School student is proud of. When Morgan was two, she was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Delays, a form of Autism. But this young woman doesn’t let the disability slow her down, instead she takes every opportunity to learn new life skills.