All of us live with both abilities and disabilities. For some persons the disabilities are significant enough that most people notice that they are “different.” These folks usually require extra care or adaptations in their environment in order to function in society and feel included in their communities.

The focus of this section is on disabilities which are lifelong and significantly alter the typical patterns of personal and family life. These disabilities may be physical, developmental, mental, or any combination.

Links under Disabilities are grouped into two categories:

Chronic mental illness is also a disabling condition, but because of its unique nature and needs, there is a separate section devoted to it.

Separate pages are also devoted specifically to the following sub-topics: AutismDown Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome.  Watch for more in-depth treatment of additional subjects in the future.