Frequently Asked Questions
This page is a family’s first stop for
questions about infant assistance
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The State of Illinois defines a developmental disability as one attributable to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy or autism, or any other closely related condition involving impairment of general intellectual functioning and/ or adaptive behavior, similar to that of individuals with mental retardation. The condition manifests itself before the age of 22 and is likely to continue indefinitely. It results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of life activity: self care, language, learning, mobility, self direction, and capacity for independent living.
A developmental delay for infants and toddlers refers to a finding by a team of professional therapists that a child has a delay of thirty percent or greater in at least one of the developmental milestones or is at significant risk of experiencing a substantial delay.
We understand the confusion and frustration involved in working your way through the social service maze. Below are some answers to common questions to help you understand the process. Click on the question to see an informative information card. When you are ready, please call us and ask to speak with a PUNS or PAS intake service coordinator. Our experienced service coordinators help you, your family member, or friend find and take full advantage of the services available to you.