What is a developmental disability?
- Any disabling condition that occurs before age 21 and results in lifelong limitations.
- People served may have intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.
- In America today, 7,000,000 people have been diagnosed with a developmental disability
What about the future?
- The average life expectancy of a person with Down Syndrome has gone from 9 years of age to 56. Just like everyone else, people with developmental disabilities will need more care and services.
- Based on census figures, Avenues projects that nearly 2,000 individuals in our service area may require some type of support services. Nationally, the wait for appropriate services is 8-10 years.
- Avenues can provide community-based services at less than half the cost of a state institution. The average cost for a person in a state-run facility is approximately $150,000. Avenues’ residential costs are $12,000-60,000, depending on the needs of the individual.
- Illinois ranks 44th nationally in its funding of community based disability programs. Much more needs to be done to improve services for individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.