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A Developmental Disability is defined in the DD Act as: In general, a severe, chronic disability of an individual that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments that manifests before the individual attains age 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely. A Developmental Disability results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity:

  • Self Care
  • Receptive and Expressive Language
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self Direction
  • Capacity for Independent Living
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency

Developmental Disabilities 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.

Infants and Young Children – An individual from birth to age 9, inclusive, who has a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting 3 of the major life activities described above, if the individual, without services and supports, has a high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.

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