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The Law in Hawai`i Lists the Eligibility Criteria

The Hawai`i Revised Statutes (HRS) §333F-1 provides the following definitions:

"Developmental disabilities" means a severe, chronic disability of a person which:

Is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments;

Is manifested before the person attains age twenty-two;

Is likely to continue indefinitely;

Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity; self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic sufficiency; and

Reflects the person's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic care, treatment, or other services, which are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.

"Mental retardation" means significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning resulting in or associated with concurrent moderate, severe or profound impairments in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period.

What If You Don’t Meet the Criteria?

If the intake worker determines that you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you will not meet with a case manager nor will you receive services through the DDD.

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