Developmental Disability Services in Florida

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"Developmental Disability" is a broad term that refers to a variety of conditions that interfere with a person's ability to function in everyday activities. Chapter 393, Florida Statutes, define developmental disabilities as spina bifida, autism, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome and intellectual disability. All the causes of developmental disabilities are not known. Most developmental disabilities are present at birth, but others may not be recognized and identified for several months. Disabilities challenge the people who have them because they can change the way people grow, learn and function.


To find out more about Developmental Disabilities, please visit these sites:

Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)

Chapter 393

Family Care Councils

When & where can a person apply for services?

People who have or might have a developmental disability may apply for services at any time to the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in the district/region where the potential applicant lives. Concerned relatives, friends or others may apply on behalf of a person that they believe has a developmental disability. For more information click here.

How can you learn more about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities?

Write to the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities at:

4030 Esplanade Way, Suite 380
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0950

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