Suspect a Developmental Disability?
If you suspect that your family member or someone else you know has an intellectual or developmental disability or delay, it is important to have that individual evaluated. An evaluation can confirm or remove suspicions, and put the individual on the road to obtaining appropriate assistance. The evaluation process will consist of a psychological evaluation and a psychosocial evaluation that will include an assessment of adaptive behavior.
Signs of delayed development are different at every age but indicate that an individual is having difficulty doing what is expected of others in the same age group. For example, a toddler who has difficulty sitting or moving or walking or eating; a young child who does not understand spoken language or cannot communicate; a school-age child that has not learned to read or do other school-related tasks; an adult who has not been toilet trained or who does not engage in any meaningful activities or speak in more than one word utterances.
Children aged birth – 3 years can receive evaluations at no direct cost to families through the Early Intervention service system. These services are funded through the state and city in accordance with federal law. The child with a suspected developmental delay will need an Early Intervention Services Coordinator. A Service Coordinator can be obtained by contacting the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
To make a referral, call 311, and ask for Early Intervention.
If outside of New York City, 212-New-York (212 639-9675) – DOH TTY: 212-504-4115
People ages 3 through the senior years can be evaluated at AHRC New York City New York City’s Article 16 Clinic. Request evaluations to confirm OPWDD eligibility by calling AHRC New York City’s Referral and Information Center at 212-780-4491 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, services may be provided to eligible individuals with documented developmental disabilities, (or delays in the case of children,) of all ages and their families including individuals with multiple disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, medically fragile individuals, and those with other disabilities that result in impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning. Services are also available to individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Limited select services are open to individuals with dual diagnoses and disadvantaged youth.
Each service and support has its own eligibility requirements. Servic