Development disabilities and mental health issues
1 to 3 percent of Canadians have a developmental disability.
Individuals with developmental disabilities are three to four times more likely to develop emotional, behavioural and psychiatric difficulties than the general population. Often people with developmental disabilities have a difficult time accessing mental health services.
A development disability affects someone’s ability to learn and is often present at birth or develops before 18 years of age. These conditions affect a person’s intellectual functions and their ability to adapt. When someone is developmentally disabled, a mental illness can often be ‘hidden’. Just like people living with a mental illness, people with a developmental disability and mental illness can still participate and actively contribute to their community.
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