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What Are the Specific Types of Disabilities?

Developmental Disabilities

A developmental disability, according to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is defined as a severe, chronic disability which:

  • originated at birth or during childhood,
  • is expected to continue indefinitely, and
  • substantially restricts the individual's functioning in several major life activities. 

Learning Disabilities

A learning disability is a neurological condition that interferes with an individual's ability to store, process, or produce information. Learning disabilities can affect one's ability to read, write, speak, spell, compute math, reason and also affect an individual's attention, memory, coordination, social skills and emotional maturity mselves to a printed page, to copy a sequence of actions (as in a lab procedure), to write legibly, or to handle lab equipment. If you would like to learn more about specific learning disabilities please visit http://ldaamerica.org/support/new-to-ld/.

Psychological Disabilities

A psychological disorder is defined as a wide range of mental conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior.  Some common disorders within this category are: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Major Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, etc.

Physical Disabilities

A physical disability is defined as a physical impairment which has a substantial and long term effect on their ability to carry our day-to-day activities.  Specific impairments can include but are not limited to vision, hearing, mobility. etc.

Contact Information:

McCaffrey Center - First Floor Rm 116

Phone: (209) 946-3221, Fax: (209) 946-2278

Email: ssd@pacific.edu 

Daniel Nuss, Director 209.946.3221 dnuss@pacific.edu  

Rahsaan Ellison, Assistant Director 209.946.3221 rellison@pacific.edu