Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

A developmental disability:

  • Is chronic
  • Begins at birth or during childhood
  • Adversely affects an individual's daily living and functioning

Developmental disabilities can be caused by a mental impairment, a physical impairment or combination of both mental and physical. This can result in limited functions, including:

  • Caring for oneself
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Difficulties with learning
  • Difficulties with mobility or moving around
  • Difficulties making decisions for oneself
  • Difficulties living independently
  • Being financially self-sufficient

If you have been diagnosed with a developmental disability, you can benefit from comprehensive, long-term services and live a more independent life.

NC START (Systematic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment)

Developmental Therapy Services

Developmental Therapy Services include individually designed instruction, training or functional developmental intervention activities based on your needs.

  • For children we focus on strengthening skills in the major developmental domains. This may include training and activities in areas such as self-help, language and cognitive development, and psychosocial skills.
  • For adults our services include training in activities to strengthen appropriate developmental functioning in areas of self care, mobility, socialization, independent living, self-advocacy and rights.


American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Association of Self-Advocates of North Carolina
Brain Injury Association of North Carolina
Developmental Disabilities Training Institute
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
North Carolina Office on Disability & Health

State Developmental Centers

Caswell Developmental Center
J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center
Murdoch Developmental Center