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Developmental Disabilities Council

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Working to ensure that people with developmental disabilities enjoy the same quality of life as the rest of society.

The Developmental Disabilities Council is developing training for healthcare service providers to better serve persons with disabilities for whom English is not their first language, as well as the community to know their rights. Throughout Fall 2023 and Spring 2024, the Council gathered information from individuals with disabilities and professionals in the community regarding barriers to individuals with disabilities who are unable to access health care services due to language barriers. This training program will highlight barriers identified and best practices moving forward to help remove barriers that are currently keeping some individuals from accessing services they so desperately need. It will also share resources so individuals are aware of their rights to receiving home and community based services. Please continue to monitor our website for additional information regarding this training as it becomes available.

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What is a Developmental Disability?

Developmental disabilities are chronic disabilities that are attributable to mental or physical impairments apparent before the age of 22. These disabilities tend to be life-long and result in substantial functional limitations in major life activities such as self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency.

However, this definition does not begin to define the abilities and lives of people with disabilities. People with disabilities are also mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. They laugh and cry, go to school, hold jobs, pay taxes, play sports, get married and have children. People with developmental disabilities are poets and playwrights, business leaders and professionals, athletes and advocates.

The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.