What is an Intellectual/Developmental Disability?

An Intellectual Developmental/Disability is a neurological condition that primarily affects the brain and motor functioning.  It manifests by the age of 18 (a Developmental Disability by age 22) and significantly affects adaptive behavior, or everyday living skills.  Developmental Disabilities may include Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy and other neurologically disabling conditions.   



Who is eligible for Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services? 

Not all persons who exhibit disabilities are eligible for services.  Test results and diagnosis have specific criteria that must be met.  An eligibility team will review all records to determine if the requirements are met under the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR 411-320-0020-Definitions and OAR 411-320-0080 (1)(16)). 

How do I apply for services through the Developmental Disabilities Program?

An application for service may be obtained by calling Deschutes County Intellectual/Developmental Disability Program at 541-322-7554.  Our Eligibility Specialist will schedule an appointment with you to fill out the application.  You can also find a copy of the application below along with a release of information.  If possible, please fill out as best as you can and bring it to the intake appointment along with the release of information.  If you prefer, you can also drop off the application and release at our office located at 1340 NW Wall Street. 

Is there an appeal process if I am found ineligible?

If you are not satisfied with the eligibility determination, you may request a hearing.  The process to request this is described in your notification letter.  It is detailed in OAR 411-320-0170(2)(c)(B).