Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities – PADD

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The purpose of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Program (PADD) is to protect and advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities. The term “developmental disability” means a severe, chronic disability of a person five years of age or older (except that child from birth to five who is developmentally delayed or who is at risk of later becoming developmentally disabled) which:

  • is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of mental and physical impairments;
  • begins before the person reaches the age of 22;
  • is likely to continue indefinitely;
  • results in the need for lifelong planning and habilitation; and
  • results in substantial, functional limitations in three or more of the following major life activities: self-care, learning, mobility, self-direction, economic self-sufficiency, receptive and expressive language, and capacity for independent living.

PADD is authorized in:
42 USC §15001, P.L. 106-402
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1975, as amended
Last amendment and reauthorization: 2000)

PADD is administered and regulated by:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)
HHS, Mail Stop HHH 453-G, 370 L’ Enfant Promenade, SW, Washington, DC 20447
Phone: (202) 401-6970, Fax: (202) 690-6904