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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
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:
- knowing the things you like and making decisions based on them
- bathing or showering, brushing teeth, shaving, and/or caring for skin, hair and nails
- using the bathroom
- preparing and storing food
- taking medication
- using public transit such as buses or trains, or taking taxis
- finding and keeping a job
- following a budget and handling cash, cheques, debit or credit cards
- moving about safely at home and in your community
- 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
- taking part in events, clubs, hobbies and other activities in your community
- knowing when someone is trying to harm or take advantage of you and then getting help
- using emergency services the right way
- staying healthy and safe by doing things like locking doors at night, using smoke detectors or looking both ways before crossing the street
- obeying laws
- using coping skills to deal with stressful situations, emotions or behaviours
- making good personal choices
- 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
- listening and knowing what others are saying and replying in a clear way
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