MARCH IS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH

Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center is proud to join other agencies across the country in observance of National Developmental Awareness in the month of March.  In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as "Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month."   At JCHC, we appreciate the contributions that individuals with disabilities make to society and is honored to be included in raising the awareness.  Developmental disability is a diverse group of chronic conditions that are due to mental 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 disability that affects all areas of a child's development is sometimes referred to as global developmental delay.  Most common are: 1) Fragile X syndrome 2) Down Syndrome 3)Pervasive developmental disorders 4) Cerebal palsy (CP) and 5) Intellectual disability.  The cause of developmental disabilities are varied and remain unknown in a large proportion of cases.  Genetic and enviromental factors have been implicated  in the cause of developmental disabilities.  Approximately 1.4% worldwide  are affected by Developmental disabilities. It is twice as common among males as in females.  The diagnosis can be initially suspected when a child does not reach expected child development stages.  Subsequently, a different diagnosis may be used to diagnose an underlying disease which may include a physical examination and genetics test.  At Jefferson Comprehensive, we have a great Medical team to address health concerns that you may have.  If you need to make an appointment, don't delay give us a call today @ (601) 786-3475.

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