Eligibility for Individuals sixteen (16) years of age and above
Individuals sixteen (16) years of age and above must exhibit a documented developmental disabilility* that also results in a substantial functional limitation in at least three of the following areas of major life activity as appropriate for the individual’s chronological age: self care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self direction, capacity for independent living, and capacity for economic self-sufficiency.
Substantial functional limitations are determined through administration of the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI), an assessment instrument that will be explained and administered by the Intake and Eligibility Specialist.
*Developmental disability means a severe, chronic disability that is characterized by all of the following:
- It is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of mental and physical impairments, other than a mental or physical impairment solely caused by mental illness as defined in division (A) of section 5122.01 of the Ohio Revised Code;
- It is manifested and confirmed before age twenty-two;
- It is likely to continue indefinitely; and
- It causes the person to need a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or other type of care, treatment, or provision of services for an extended period of time that is individually planned and coordinated for the person.
The determination and confirmation of a developmental disability must be made by a licensed psychologist and/or physician. Examples of developmental disabilities include: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disabilities, and spina bifida.