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:
- Receptive and expressive language.
- 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.