The Council is a Governor appointed body of people with developmental disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities in community life.
The Council’s purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to technology, needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of life and the global community.
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 most part by the federal government under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (the DD Act), 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.