Learn how developmental disabilities are defined by the DD Act.
The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) of 2000 (Public Law 106–402, 106th Congress) defines a developmental disability as a severe chronic disability of an individual that:
An individual from birth to age nine, who has a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting three or more of the criteria described above if the individual, without services and supports, has a high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.
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The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) of 2000 (P.L. 106-402) was enacted to improve service systems for individuals with developmental disabilities. Photo: stock.xchng, slonecker.