Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities Handbook

The Developmental Disabilities is a product of the Center for Disabilities. The Developmental Disabilities Handbook is made possible in part by a grant from the South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The information contained in the Developmental Disabilities Handbook reflects the most up-to-date information available (see the bibliography of the handbook for a complete listing of information used in compiling the handbook). However, this handbook does not include all the information concerning the conditions covered. The Developmental Disabilities Handbook is designed only as an informational resources. When describing each condition, we have tried to include the characteristics that occur most often. The descriptions in the Developmental Disabilities should not be seen as complete. If you would like more information concerning any of the entries in the Developmental Disabilities Handbook, please contact any of the agencies listed on the right side of each page.

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 A few of the Developmental Disabilities included in the Developmental Disabilities Handbook
  • Attention-Deficits/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Down Syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Klinefelter Syndrome
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Retardation
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Spina Bifida
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Williams Syndrome

The Developmental Disabilities Handbook is available in an alternative format upon request. To request an alternate format, contact the Center for Disabilities by phone at 800-658-3080 or 605-357-1439 or via e-mail at

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