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Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.

These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. About 15% of children aged 3 through 17 years in Ghana have one or more developmental disabilities such as: ADHD, Autism spectrum disorder, Cerebral palsy, hearing loss, learning disability, vision impairment and other developmental delays.




Having a disability does not mean a person is not healthy or that he or she cannot be healthy. Being healthy means the same thing for all of us—getting and staying well so we can lead full, active lives.

That includes having the tools and information to make healthy choices and knowing how to prevent illness. Some health conditions, such as asthma, gastrointestinal symptoms, eczema and skin allergies, and migraine headaches, have been found to be more common among children with developmental disabilities.

Thus, it is especially important for children with developmental disabilities to see a health care provider regularly. For assistance with Developmental Disabilities or information, send an email to

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