Chose who​ their

​roommates would be chose to live alone.



Civil Rights:

Developmental Disabilities (DD) Act:

Supported Decision-Making


What Is the Definition of Developmental Disabilities (DD)? by The Arc of the United States

According to the Developmental Disabilities Act (Pub. L. 106-402), the term developmental disability means a severe, chronic disability that:

  • is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of those impairments;
  • occurs before the individual reaches age 22;
  • is likely to continue indefinitely;
  • results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity: (i) self care, (ii) receptive and expressive language, (iii) learning, (iv) mobility, (v) self-direction, (vi) capacity for independent living, and (vii) economic self-sufficiency; and
  • reflects the individual’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.

Before the age of ten, an infant or child with developmental delays may be considered to have an intellectual or developmental disability if his or her disabilities are likely to meet the above criteria without intervention.

How Does the DD Definition Compare with the AAIDD Definition of Intellectual Disability? by The Arc of the United States

The major differences are in the age of onset, the severity of limitations, and the fact that the developmental disability definition does not refer to an IQ requirement. Many individuals with intellectual disability will also meet the definition of developmental disability. However, it is estimated that at least half of individuals with intellectual disability will not meet the functional limitation requirement in the DD definition. The DD definition requires substantial functional limitations in three or more areas of major life activity. The intellectual disability definition requires significant limitations in one area of adaptive behavior.

Those with developmental disabilities include individuals with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, developmental delay, autism and autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (or FASD) or any of hundreds of specific syndromes and neurological conditions that can result in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of a person with intellectual disability.

Independence and Decision-Making for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities by The Arc of Colorado

Everyone should achieve their full potential!

Rights of a Person with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Under Code of Colorado Regulations 




A person receiving services has the same legal rights and responsibilities guaranteed to all other individuals under the federal and state constitutions and federal and state laws including, but not limited to, those contained in Section 27-10.5, C.R.S., unless such rights are modified pursuant to state or federal law.


Decide how to

use their

​spending money.


Chose or had

someone help

​choosing where

​they work.


Participate in




Decide what their

daily schedule

will consist of

on a regular basis.


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