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Developmental Disabilities

Over 6 million individuals in the United States have developmental disabilities. A developmental disability, according to the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, is defined as a severe, chronic disability which:

  • Originated at birth or during childhood,
  • Is expected to continue indefinitely, and
  • Substantially restricts the individuals functioning in several major life activities.


The U.S. Department of Justice and other private plaintiffs have reached an interim settlement with the State of Texas regarding intellectually and developmentally disabled persons.