Persons with a developmental disability are those who have a “disability that is manifested before the person reaches twenty-two years of age, which constitutes a substantial disability to the affected individual, and is attributable to mental retardation or related conditions which include cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other neurological conditions when such conditions result in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of a person with mental retardation” (CRS 27-10.5-102). For children under five years of age, eligibility is based on determination of either a developmental delay or factors putting the child at risk of having a developmental disability.
If you think you or your family member may have a developmental disability, contact your local Community Centered Board (CCB) to determine eligibility for services. If you are still not sure who to contact, call the Division for Developmental Disabilities, at (303) 866-7450.
To better understand how to access developmental disabilities services review 'Start Here: A Resource Guide.'