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Harold, a volunteer at the Tri-Area Community Center, & Majorie Mougel, a recentTransition Student.   Photo by Anna Mc Enery

Within the State of Washington the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) determines eligibility for services. A determination of eligibility is a determination that a person meets the definition of a developmental disability as defined by State law. An individual must meet the eligibility definition to become a DDD client.
What is a developmental disability as defined by law?

Under the Revised Code of Washington , RCW 71A.10.020 the definition in law of a developmental disability is a disability attributed to: 

  • Intellectual disability;
  • Cerebral Palsy;
  • Epilepsy;
  • Autism; or

Another neurological or other condition closely related to intellectual disability or that requires treatment similar to that required for individuals with intellectual disabilities

  • The condition originates before the individual reaches the age of 18; 
  • The condition is expected to continue indefinitely; and 
  • The condition results in substantial limitations to an individual's intellectual and/or adaptive functioning


To apply for a determination of DDD eligibility, you can click on this link,  where you will find detailed instructions and the forms you need in the Eligibility Application Packet. Or, you can contact your local DDD office at 1-800-339-8227 and ask for an application. If you call for an application, some information will be taken over the phone.

The application, additional information and forms will be mailed to you for completion and/or signature. You will be asked to provide any available school or medical records or sources of information that will assist in determining eligibility. Copies of other documents may be required. Upon request, DDD staff can assist you with completing the application. Please be aware that eligibility cannot be determined until DDD receives your signed application and all of the necessary information.

For accessing Birth to 3 Services in Jefferson County, please see the Birth to 3 Services tab on this website.

Eligible Conditions Specific to Age (WAC388-823-0800)

Eligible Conditions 0-5 6-9 10-17 18+
Developmental Delays  X  X    
Down Synddrome  X  X    
Too severe to be assessed  X  X    
Medically Intensive Children's Program  X  X   X  
Intellectual Disability (ID)    X   X   X
Cerebral Palsy    X   X   X
Epilepsy    X   X   X
Autism    X   X   X
Another Neurological Condition    X   X   X
Other condition similar to ID    X   X   X











Day Programs:

Community Access
Provides individualized support and assistance to integrate persons with developmental disabilities into typical community settings. The program emphasizes identification of individual interests while developing strategies to connect people based on mutual interest. Services will promote the persons’ competence, integration, physical or mental abilities by assisting individuals to participate in activities, events and organizations in the community in ways similar to others of similar age.  

View:  Employment/ Day Program Providers
Individual Supported Employment
Provides intake, discovery, assessment, job preparation, job marketing, job placement, initial training, record keeping and long-term support for persons with developmental disabilities to obtain and continue integrated employment at or above the state’s minimum wage in the general workforce. 

These services are a part of an individual's pathway to employment and are tailored to individual needs, interests, abilities, and promote career development.

Group Supported Employment
Unlike individual supported employment in which a traditional employer/employee relationship exists, group supported employment often involves a subcontract arrangement with a third party. That third party (usually a private nonprofit employment support agency) is typically the employer of people with disabilities. It is also common for group employment arrangements to have a full-time supervisory staff on site at all times supervising no more than eight persons with developmental disabilities. In these respects, group supported employment is similar to Specialized Industries.

Individualized Technical Assistance
These services are a part of an individual’s pathway to individual employment.  They are time limited services and supports may be needed to assist people with:

  • Initial Planning: System overview, development of a person centered employment plan, and/ or preparing an individualized budget,
  • Technical Assistance Services:  These services are provided by professionals specialized in an area that would benefit a client to move further on their pathway to Individual Employment.  An example is assistive technology or a behavior specialist.
  • Discovery:  Job preparation, exploration and/or volunteering in the community to achieve integration and employment.


 The County Developmental Disabilities Program pays, (or private funds can pay) for the
      adult programs. Funding is limited.

 The County Developmental Disabilities Program is one funding source for Birth to Three services in Jefferson County (Please see the Birth to Three Services tab on this web site).

  Contact your local Developmental Disabilities Case Manager for referral at 1-877-601-2760.



Top photo: 
Harold, a volunteer at the Tri-Area
Community Center, & Majorie Mougel,
a recentTransition Student.  
Photo by Anna Mc Enery

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