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What is an intellectual or developmental disability?

Intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are also known as I/DD.  These are large umbrella terms that can cover many other disabilities. Generally, living with I/DD means that a person has experienced impacts on their ability to:

  • Learn
  • Reason
  • Problem-solve
  • Live independently

The technical definition of intellectual and developmental disability in Colorado is:

“Intellectual and developmental disability” means a disability that manifests before the person reaches twenty-two years of age, that constitutes a substantial disability to the affected person, and that is attributable to an intellectual and developmental disability or related conditions, including Prader-Willi syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or other neurological conditions when the condition or conditions result in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of a person with an intellectual and developmental disability.

(b)  “Person with an intellectual and developmental disability” means a person determined by a community-centered board to have an intellectual and developmental disability and includes a child with a developmental delay.

(c)  “Child with a developmental delay” means:

(I)  A person less than five years of age with delayed development as defined by rule of the state board; or
(II) A person less than five years of age who is at risk of having an intellectual and developmental disability as defined by rule of the state board.

List of Potential Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities:

It’s important to note that not everyone who lives with a diagnosis listed below would be considered to have an intellectual or developmental disability.  We provide this list as a resource to guardians or individuals who may wonder if they qualify for our advocacy services.  The bottom line is that we strive to help anyone who needs it.  If we determine that we are not the best agency to assist you, we will work hard to find another resource.  No matter what, you will not receive a bill for our help.

  • ADHD
  • Apert Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Developmental Hearing Loss
  • Down Syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Kernicterus
  • Language and Speech Disorders
  • Learning Disorders
  • Prader-Willi
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Vision Impairment
  • Williams Syndrome