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Fact Sheet: Developmental Disabilities

Developmental disability is a general category that includes but is not limited to mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and spina bifida, as well as other neurological impairments where the following criteria are met:

No one is automatically considered to have a developmental disability because of a diagnosis or IQ score. An individuals strengths and needs are taken into consideration.


State Development Disability Agencies

Each state and territory has a public agency that funds and provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental retardation. A listing of these agencies can be found at the following web site:

American Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

8630 Fenton St., Suite 410
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Voice: (301) 588-8252
Fax: (301) 588-2842
Web site:

University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) are federally funded organizations that provide a wide variety of training, technical assistance and other activities, all focused on the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities into the community. At least one UCEDD is located in every state and territory; a listing is available from AUCD or online at

National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils (NADDC)

1234 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 103
Washington, DC 20005
Voice: (202) 347-1234
FAX: (202)347-4023
Web site:
Developmental Disabilities (DD) Councils are federally-funded organizations that provide a voice within state government to speak for valued roles and positive social change for people with developmental disabilities. DD Councils undertake a wide variety of projects and activities, including many pertaining to employment. They can also provide resources, information, and referral on services for people with developmental disabilities. There is a DD Council in every state and territory; a list is available from NADDC.

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