A developmental disability is a condition that is significant and ongoing, begins before age 22, and substantially limits functioning in daily activities of living. Examples include autism spectrum disorders, brain or spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disabilities, Prader-Willi syndrome, spin bifida, and Williams syndrome. There are approximately 4.5 million individuals with developmental disabilities in the United States.
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Elisabeth Dykens, Ph.D.
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Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Human & Organizational Development
Robert Hodapp, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education; Director of Research, UCEDD
Joseph Lambert, Ph.D., BCBA
Assistant Professor in the Practice of Special Education; ABA Program Director
Evon B. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director of Training, UCEDD; Associate Director, Vanderbilt Consortium LEND; Neurobehavioral Phenotypes Coordinator, IDDRC Clinical Translational Core B
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Blair Lloyd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Elise McMillan, J.D.
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Arie L. Nettles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine
John Phillips III, M.D.
David T. Karzon Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Division of Pediatric Genetics; Professor of Biochemistry; Professor of Medicine; Professor of Pathology; Clinical Professor of Nursing
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