Redwood Coast Regional Center serves individuals and their family who have a developmental disability, or who are at risk for developing a disability, and individuals who are at risk of having a child with a disability.
The term developmental disability refers to a severe and chronic disability that is attributed to a mental or physical impairment that originates before the individual’s 18th birthday and poses a substantial handicap for the individual in three or more major life areas. These disabilities include: mental retardation (intellectual disability), cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and disabling conditions closely related to mental retardation or requiring similar treatment.
Infants and toddlers (birth to 36 months) who are at “high risk” for a developmental disability may also qualify for services. High risk for a developmental disability exits when a child has two or more factors that require intervention services. Such factors may include, but are not limited to, problems associated with low birth weight, prematurity, prenatal exposure to drugs, alcohol, or environmental hazards, feeding or muscle tone problems, or severe medical problems, and children whose parents have a developmental disability.
In addition, individuals at risk of having a child with a developmental disability may be eligible for prenatal diagnostic services, counseling, and other prevention services.