What is a Developmental Disability?

By definition, it is a disability that is attributed to an intellectual disability (ID), cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or any condition (other than mental illness) found to be closely related to an ID because this condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of individuals with an intellectual disability, and requires treatment or services similar to those required for such individuals.

  • Manifested before age 22
  • Is likely to continue indefinitely
  • Results in substantial limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity: self-care, language, learning, mobility, self direction, and capacity for independent living.