Individuals age six (6) and older must also have a diagnosis of autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy or a cognitive/intellectual disability The diagnosis must begin before the age of 18 and likely to continue indefinitely. In addition to a qualifying diagnosis, there must be substantial functional limitations related to the qualifying diagnosis in three or more of the following life areas: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for indecent living and/or economic self-sufficiency.
Children under the age of six (6) may be eligible for services when they are determined to be at risk for a developmental disability.
1) Submit a Referral.
2) Assigned Eligibility Specialist will send you an Application.
3) Submit signed Application and documents showing you have a DDD qualifying diagnosis (see documentation requirements below).
4) Eligibility Specialist will decide if you are eligible or not eligible within 30 days of your application.
Please get the documents listed below to show that you qualify for DDD. Generally, the information listed below is all we need to decide if you are eligible or not eligible. However, after reviewing your application, we may need more information.
To show you have a qualifying diagnosis, submit at least one of the following:
To show you are at risk for a qualifying diagnosis, submit one of the following:
An evaluation of Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy or Intellectual Disability by a qualified provider (see details in the previous section)
Medical documentation of a condition that is likely to result in Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy or Intellectual Disability such as Down Syndrome.
An evaluation with testing that shows a significant delay in one or more of the following areas: language, cognitive, social, physical, or self-help. This may be a school Multidisciplinary Education Report also known as a Psycho Educational Report, therapy reports, psychological report, etc.
- Individual Education Plan (IEP) (if you have one)
- Behavioral health records (if you have a behavioral health diagnosis)
We may be able to help you get some of your records. If you need help, please complete the Release of Information (sent with your application) with the name of the places you need us to ask for records. You need to sign a Release of Information for each place.
If, after clicking on the above links and reviewing the information, you think the person may meet eligibility requirements for the Division of Developmental Disabilities and you would like to make a referral , click Continue. NOTE: This is a referral only, not a determination of eligibility.
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A child under the age of six years may be eligible if there is a strongly demonstrated potential that the child has or will have a developmental disability as determined by appropriate tests.