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The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is a Maryland agency that is dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Their published goals include servicing individuals with developmental disabilities to assist them with:

  • directing their lives;
  • having viable support options; and,
  • having the information they need to make decisions.

DDA assists individuals by partnering with not-for-profit institutions to operate residential centers and other community resources.

What kind of services does DDA provide?

The Development Disabilities Administration provides a wide range of services, including residential centers and supported employment. For a full list of services, visit the DDA website here.

Am I eligible to receive services from DDA?

DDA provides services to individuals who:

  1. have a “developmental disability”; and
  2. have a severe, chronic disability which is caused by a physical or mental condition, other than a sole diagnosis of mental illness.

An individual is considered to have a “developmental disability” if she/he has a physical or mental condition other than a sole diagnosis of mental illness and needs to have services which are individually planned and coordinated. The condition has to:

(1)    be likely to continue indefinitely; and

(2)    has to be manifested before the age of 22; and

(3)    has to result in an inability to live independently.

How the Disability Attorneys at Andalman & Flynn Can Help

As disability attorneys, we are experienced in assisting individuals with disabilities assert their legal rights and win benefits and other services to improve their way of life. If the DDA finds that you do not meet their eligibility criteria, we may be able to assist you in winning an appeal.

It is important to note that if the developmentally disabled person is unable to work, they may also be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

If you or anyone you know has a disability, developmental or otherwise, and needs legal assistance, please call me at (301) 244-4525 or toll-free at (888) 558-7871. You can also complete one of the contact forms directly on our website and we will contact you for a consultation concerning your situation.

We have significant experience representing clients seeking disability benefits. For more information and how you may be impacted, contact one of our Disability Benefits attorneys, Elliott Andalman and  Peter Casciano.