Information on Developmental Disabilities

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Chapter 507, Statutes of 2010 (SB 812), which took effect January 2011, amended State housing element law to require the analysis of the disabled to include an evaluation of the special housing needs of persons with developmental disabilities. This analysis asks jurisdictions to include an estimate of the number of persons with developmental disabilities, an assessment of the housing need, and a discussion of potential resources. A “developmental disability” is defined as a disability that originates before an individual becomes 18 years old, continues or can be expected to continue indefinitely, and constitutes a substantial disability for that individual. This includes Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and Autism. The following table was created from information collected from Alta Regional Center, the non-profit that serves individuals and families of those with developmental disabilities in the SACOG region.