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Developmental Disabilities Program

According to state law (AS. 47.80.900 (7), the term developmental disability(DD) means a severe, chronic disability that:

Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments; is manifested before the individual attains age 22; is likely to continue indefinitely;

  • results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    • self care
    • receptive and expressive language;
    • learning;
    • mobility;
    • self direction; capacity for independent living;
    • economic self-sufficiency;
  • and reflects the person's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic assistance, supports or other services that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.