Protection and Advocacy
For People with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)
People eligible for DLC services under the DD Act are individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Infants up to age five (5) who have a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired conditions with a high probability of resulting in developmental disabilities if services are not provided.
- Persons aged five (5) and older who have a developmental disability that is severe, chronic AND
- Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments
- Is manifested before the person attains the age of twenty-two (22)
- Is likely to continue indefinitely
- Reflects the person's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services which are of life-long or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated
- Results in substantial functional limitations in three (3) or more of the following areas of major life activity:
- Self-Care: Daily activities that enable a person to meet age appropriate basic life needs such as: food, hygiene, appearance, health, and immediate personal safety.
- Receptive and Expressive Language: Communication involving both verbal and non-verbal behavior enabling the individual both to understand others and to express ideas and information to others. This usually includes reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
- Learning: General cognitive competence and ability to acquire new behavior, perceptions, and information and to apply experiences in new situations.
- Mobility: Ability of the individual to negotiate distance using his/her own power or a personally controlled device. This ability implies motor development and the ability to use fine and gross motor skills.
- Self-Direction: Management and control over one's social and personal life. Ability to make independent decisions affecting and protecting one's own interests.
- Capacity for Independent Living: Ability to maintain a full and varied life in the community with little or no regular outside intervention in the living situation.
- Economic Self-Sufficiency: An individual's ability to earn financial resources to meet both basic life support and recreational needs.