Poverty and Developmental Disabilities: Improving the Lives of Families and Individuals
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Developmental disabilities affect approximately 17% of children younger than 18 years of age in the United States. The prevalence of developmental disabilities is greater within the population of people living in poverty. It has been estimated that 20-25% of families that receive welfare assistance have a child or adult in the household with a developmental disability. Studies have shown potentially bidirectional connections between poverty and developmental disabilities.