• Every person can make a contribution.
• People are free to live, work, learn and play in society.
• We must always challenge one another to do better.
• There is dignity in taking risks and value in making mistakes.
What is a developmental disability?Under state law, a developmental disability is defined as a list of conditions: brain injury, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, Prader-Willi syndrome and/or intellectual disability. The condition must be permanent.
Because the Council is funded in part by the federal government, it uses the federal definition of developmental disability. The federal definition is based on the level of need, not the underlying condition. Under federal law, a developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability caused by a mental or physical impairment, or both. The impairment must:
• occur before a person’s 22nd birthday• result in serious limitations in three of the following areas:• self-care;• receptive and expressive language;• learning;• mobility;• self-direction;• capacity for independent living; and• economic self-sufficiency, and• create a need for lifelong services and supports.