Eligibility Requirements

The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Head Injury
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Other Related Conditions

An intellectual disability must present before age 18.  A developmental disability must present before age 22. Intellectual and developmental disabilities must also have serious impairment in two or more major life areas:

  • Self-Care: ability to meet activities of daily living (ex: bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding, etc.)  
  • Communication: ability to express oneself and understand others
  • Learning: ability to use and attain new skills
  • Mobility: fine and gross motor skills necessary to navigate the environment
  • Self-Direction: ability to pay attention, follow directions, make good decisions, and set goals 
  • Independent Living/Self-Sufficiency: ability to work, manage money, and obtain necessary resources

The individual must also have a lifelong (extended) need for coordinated and specialized supports and services

In addition to the general requirements listed above, there are specific requirements for Support Coordination and HCBS Waiver eligibility.

For more information on eligibility requirements, please contact your local Division of Developmental Disabilities Office.