Age and residency criteria

To be eligible for the PDD program, you must:

  • be 16 years or older to apply and 18 when PDD services start
  • live in Alberta and receive PDD services here
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Disability criteria

You must also have a developmental disability from before you were 18-years-old. Depending on your situation, PDD may ask if you have an assessment from your school or a doctor or specialist confirming your developmental disability. If you do not have one, PDD may ask a psychologist to do an assessment based on the Developmental Disabilities Guidelines.

To be eligible for the PDD program, the assessment needs to show the disability makes it hard for you to:

  • learn and understand things due to an IQ of 70 or lower
  • do 6 or more of these 24 daily living skills without help from another person:
    1. reading
    2. writing
    3. knowing the things you like and making decisions based on them
    4. bathing or showering, brushing teeth, shaving, and/or caring for skin, hair and nails
    5. using the bathroom
    6. dressing
    7. preparing and storing food
    8. eating
    9. taking medication
    10. housekeeping
    11. using public transit such as buses or trains, or taking taxis
    12. finding and keeping a job
    13. following a budget and handling cash, cheques, debit or credit cards
    14. moving about safely at home and in your community
    15. using and moving your hands, arms, legs or feet to safely open doors, carry groceries, use a phone, handle coins, kick a ball or other activities
    16. taking part in events, clubs, hobbies and other activities in your community
    17. knowing when someone is trying to harm or take advantage of you and then getting help
    18. using emergency services the right way
    19. staying healthy and safe by doing things like locking doors at night, using smoke detectors or looking both ways before crossing the street
    20. obeying laws
    21. using coping skills to deal with stressful situations, emotions or behaviours
    22. making good personal choices
    23. getting along with others by doing things the way most people do such as saying thank you, not standing too close or taking turns talking
    24. listening and knowing what others are saying and replying in a clear way

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