Protection and Advocacy for Developmental Disabilities
PADD Statutory Authority
42 USC §15001, P.L. 106-402
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1975, as amended
(Last amendment and reauthorization: 2000)
In 1977, HDRC (then Kahua Ho`omalu Kina, dba Protection and Advocacy Agency of Hawaii) was designated as Hawaii's system to protect and advocate for the rights of persons with developmental disabilities by Executive Order, as mandated by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1975, as amended.
Protect and advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities who may be eligible for treatment, services, habilitation; or who are being considered for a change in living arrangements.
Investigate abuse and neglect if reported to the system or if probable cause exists to believe such incident occurred.
An individual with a severe chronic disability that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments;
Is manifested before the individual attains 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
Reflects the individual's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
An individual from birth to age 9, inclusive, who has a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition, may be considered to have a developmental disability without meeting 3 or more of the criteria described in 1- 5 above, if the individual, without services, and supports, has a high probability of meeting those criteria later in life.