Quality of Life Summary

The primary goal for all persons with intellectual and/or related developmental disabilities1 is to enjoy and maintain a good quality of life.

Quality of Life

People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities must be able to live the lives they choose and have a good quality of life.


1 “People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities” refers to those defined by AAIDD classification and DSM IV. In everyday language they are frequently referred to as people with cognitive, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities although the professional and legal definitions of those terms both include others and exclude some defined by DSM IV.

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