On March 30, 2022, Gov. Ducey signed House Bill 2113 into law. This law adds Down syndrome as a qualifying diagnosis forĀ  DDD Eligibility in Arizona. The law will go into effect 90-days after the end of the current legislative session (note: adjournment is presently scheduled for June 30, 2022). DDD is updating its website, forms, policies, and other documents to reflect the change. To qualify for DDD, individuals with Down syndrome must also have functional limitations in at least 3 of 7 daily life skills to be eligible. Click this link for more information and details:

https://des.az.gov/services/disabilities/developmental-disabilities/determine-eligibility

With the update in law, a “developmental disability” will, in part, now mean a severe and chronic disability attributable to cognitive disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Down syndrome, or autism.

-Stephanie A. Bivens, Esq., CELA