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Developmental disabilities services

What is a developmental disability?

A developmental disability, as defined in LA R.S. 28:451.2, is:

  • A severe, chronic disability of an individual that:
    • Is attributable to an intellectual or physical impairment or combination of intellectual and physical impairments.
    • Is manifested before the individual reaches age 22.
    • Is likely to continue indefinitely.
    • Results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity:
      • Self-care.
      • Receptive and expressive language.
      • Learning.
      • Mobility.
      • Self-direction.
      • Capacity for independent living.
      • Economic self-sufficiency.
    • Is not attributed solely to mental illness.
    • Reflects the person's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services which are lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
  • A substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition in a person from birth through age 9 which, without services or support, has a high probability of resulting in those criteria in Subparagraph (a) of this paragraph later in life that may be considered to be a developmental disability.


No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. There is a discounted/sliding fee schedule available. Please see the front desk associate if you have any questions.