What is a Disability?
The definition of a developmental disability includes, but is not limited to: an intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, a severe head injury that occurred before the age of 22, or a severe seizure disorder.
Under federal law, "developmental disability" means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that:
- attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments
- manifests before the individual attains age 22
- is likely to continue indefinitely
- results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
- self care
- receptive and expressive language
- 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.
- economic self-sufficiency; and
- capacity for independent living