Family Support

Family Support: What is a Developmental Disability

The term developmental disability means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that -

  1. Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment, or combination of both;
  2. Is manifested before age 22;
  3. Is likely to continue indefinitely;
  4. Results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas:
    1. Self-care.
    2. Receptive and expressive language.
    3. Learning.
    4. Mobility.
    5. Self-direction.
    6. Capacity for independent living.
    7. Economic self-sufficiency; and
  5. Reflects the individual's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.

A child from birth through age 9 who has a substantial developmental delay or specific condition either from birth or acquired, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting 3 or more of the criteria described in (D) (a) through (g) if the child, without services and supports, has a high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.

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