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. If you were diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury by the age of 22, you may be eligible for IDD services. Please refer to G.S. 122C-3(12a).
National Core Indicators (NCI)® is a national program utilizing a set of surveys for public developmental disabilities agencies to measure and track their own performance. More information can be found here.
Decision-Making Support Options in NC (Color and Black/White): This document previews alternatives to guardianship and provides resources that individuals with I/DD and natural supports may explore to promote the least restrictive decision-making supports.
AHEC Recommendations for DCW & HCBS Worker Certification
American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Association of Self-Advocates of North Carolina
Traumatic Brain Injury
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
North Carolina Office on Disability & Health
NCFASD Informed (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)