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About ADD


The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is the U.S. Government organization responsible for implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act. ADD, its staff and programs, are part of the Administration for Children and Families, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

What is a Developmental Disability?

Developmental Disabilities are physical or mental impairments that begin before age 22, and alter or substantially inhibit a person's capacity to do at least three of the following:

  1. Take care of themselves (dress, bathe, eat, and other daily tasks)
  2. Speak and be understood clearly
  3. Learn
  4. Walk/ Move around
  5. Make decisions
  6. Live on their own
  7. Earn and manage an income

Where can I get help?

ADD programs are at work in every state and U.S. territory. ADD does not provide direct consumer support or financial assistance. ADD provides funding, monitoring, and policy guidance to it's programs Nationwide. To obtain services, contact the program offices in Your State.

Resources: - The newly launched web-site is a comprehensive guide to government-wide disabilities programs, services, and information.

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