ERIC Number: ED217617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: N/A
Special Report on the Impact of the Change in the Definition of Developmental Disabilities (Mandated in P.L. 95-602, Sec. 502(b) (2)).
Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
The report analyzes the impact of the change from a categorical definition of developmental disabilities to one which emphasizes functional limitations and the accompanying need for services as mandated by the 1978 Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (P.L. 95-602, Section 502). Part I is an introduction with sections on the purpose of the report, an overview of the Developmental Disabilities Program, current and previous definitions of developmental disabilities, reasons for change in the definition, summary of key findings on the developmentally disabled population in the United States, resource documents, and organization of the report. Part II summarizes data on the effect of the definitional change and presents information on the impact of the change in each of the four components of the Developmental Disabilities Program: Basic Grant Program, which provides grants for planning, coordination, and systems advocacy; Protection and Advocacy System, which provides grants to protect and advocate for the rights of developmentally disabled individuals; University Affiliated Facilities Program, which provides grants for administrative and operational costs related to the training and research programs conducted by the facilities; and Special Projects, which provides grants to demonstrate improved methods of service delivery and protection and advocacy services. A final section lists 11 conclusions including that the study did not reveal any causal relationships between the quality assurance efforts and the change in the definition. Appendixes contain a report on the historical evolution of the definition of developmental disabilities, a summary of key findings on the developmentally disabled population, an annotated list of primary resource documents, and a table of statistics estimating the developmentally disabled population. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act