* Florida Statute Citations:
Section 393.063, F.S.: “Developmental disability” means a disorder or syndrome that is attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, or Prader-Willi syndrome; that manifests before the age of 18; and that constitutes a substantial handicap that can reasonably be expected to continue indefinitely.
Section 420.0004(13), F.S.: “Person with special needs” means an adult person requiring independent living services in order to maintain housing or develop independent living skills and who has a disabling condition; a young adult formerly in foster care who is eligible for services under Section 409.1451(5), F.S.; a survivor of domestic violence as defined in Section 741.28, F.S.; or a person receiving benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program or from veterans’ disability benefits.
Section 420.0004(7), F.S.: “Disabling condition” means a diagnosable substance abuse disorder, serious mental illness, developmental disability, or chronic physical illness or disability, or a co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions and a determination that the condition is: a) expected to be of long-continued and indefinite duration; and b) not expected to impair the ability of the person with special needs to live independently with appropriate supports.