Developmental Disabilities


About 1 in 6 children in the United States has one or more developmental disabilities.
— Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC)

Developmental disorder (also known as developmental disability) implies a severe, chronic disability. Developmental disabilities can be attributed to a mental, learning, language, behavioral, and physical impairment or a combination of these impairments. These conditions are typically diagnosed during the developmental period and may impact day-to-day functioning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “about 1 in 6 children in the United States has one or more developmental disabilities.” Developmental disabilities occur among all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups where approximately 15%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have one or more developmental disabilities in any of the following areas:

Number of Children Affected by Developmental Disabilities (2015, USA)
Graph showing the number of children impacted by developmental disabilities in the USA, according to the CDC in 2015. This includes almost 4 million with ADHD, 1 million with ASD, 750,000 with learning disabilities, and 222,600 with cerebral palsy.

The three most common developmental disabilities are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and learning disabilities. More than one out of every 100 school children in the United States has some form of intellectual disability. Cerebral palsy affects three infants out of every 1,000 in the United States. ASD affects 1 in 68 children in the United States.

As you can imagine, developmental disabilities can present societal problems for individuals and communities across the world. This is where Chronaly comes in.

At Chronaly, we have assembled a multi-disciplinary team with a passion for developmental disabilities and mobile health. We take pride in putting our heart and soul in developing and offering mobile health solutions that will:

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Improve health
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Enhance communication
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And more

To hear what others in the developmental disability community have to share, connect and socialize with Chronaly.

Types of Developmental Disabilities

Speech and Language Disabilities

Speech and language disabilities impact the United States significantly with annual spending of approximately $3 billion in speech and language pathology across the nation. Studies show 7% of young children may have a language disability where best outcomes can occur through early childhood involvement.

Developmental Coordination Disorder

Developmental coordination disorder, also called dyspraxia, impacts 2% to 6% of the population where this disability primarily affects movement and coordination.

Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are extremely common. Approximately 1 in 20 school-aged children in the United States have one or more learning disabilities. Children with disabilities will require allocation of school’s resources and finances from other programs. For schools that do not implement initiatives such as digital health technologies to better manage children’s learning disabilities, learning disabilities among its students can cost twice as much in spending in comparison to other students and, thus, typically resulting in special needs services becoming a significant cost center and ineffective in meeting children’s needs due to restricted funds and lack of necessary resources.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

In the past 20 years, autism has become the fast-growing developmental disability diagnosis. In the United States, autism impacts 1 in every 68 children, accounting for 1.5% of the population. According to a 2015 study, Autism Spectrum Disorders costs (medical, non-medical, and productivity) are approximately $268 billion. The study projects that by 2025, the $268 billion cost will increase significantly to $461 billion. In particular, as it pertains to children, autism annual costs hover around $11.5 billion and growing.

Impact of Developmental Disabilities

Developmental disabilities can result in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas:

Trends and Developments

Developmental disability cases and diagnosis
are on the rise among children.
— Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC)

Over the past two decades, the developmental disability community has grown significantly. There are many trends and developments pertaining to the growth of this community and the significance of this community for our society, families, children, communities, healthcare providers, and future generations. A 2008 study from the CDC, National Center for Health Statistics, and NHIS reported the following key trends:

Increase in Prevalence in U.S. Children Aged 3–17
between 1997–1999 and 2006–2008

Disability Percent Increase
Any developmental
ADHD 33.0%
Autism 289.5%


The federal government and states spend annually $56 billion on 15% of children impacted by developmental disabilities.
— Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC)

Recent studies in the United States show that about 1 in 6 (15%) children between 3 to 17 years old have at least one developmental disability. This translates to almost $56 billion in annual spending by the federal government and states nationwide. There are billions of dollars by private and healthcare groups spent annually as well on the developmental disability market. Globally, more than 6 million children have developmental disabilities.


Children and adults with disabilities need health care, support services, and programs for the same reasons anyone else does—to stay well, active, and a part of the community. Having a disability does not mean a person is not healthy or that he or she cannot be healthy. Being healthy means the same thing for all of us—getting and staying well so we can lead full, active lives where tools, information, resources, and digital health technologies empower us to make informed and insightful decisions.

At Chronaly, we’re passionate about identifying and developing mobile health solutions with a “soul” that positively impact the lives of children, adults, and their respective families and communities.

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