Who Can Apply?


To be eligible for assistance provided by the Individual & Family Support program in Region 3, applicants must be residents of one of the following counties in Alabama: Baldwin, Cahaaba, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Perry, or Wilcox.  Individuals or families seeking assistance should complete an Application for Assistance form and submit it to their local Community Support Council.  Local Community Support Councils are listed on the Application for Assistance form.  The local council then reviews the Application to determine eligibility and how best to address the needs described in the application.  They then take actions to address the applicant's needs.



Eligibility is limited to individuals with a developmental disability present before their 22nd birthday, families who have a member whose developmental disability existed prior to their 22nd birthday or children under the age of six that are at risk of becoming disabled.  In addition individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury are eligible at any age.

Developmental disability is defined as a severe, chronic disability which:

  1. is attributed to a mental or physical impairment or a combination
  2. is manifested before the 22nd birthday
  3. is likely to continue indefinitely
  4. results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:

    • self-care (such as hygiene, appearance, health, or personal safety)
    • receptive and expressive language (to understand and to be understood both verbally and non-verbally; exchange ideas and information with others through reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
    • learning (cognitive competencies; ability to acquire new skills and perceptions and to apply experiences to new situations)
    • mobility (motor development; ambulation under own power)
    • self-direction (management and control over one’s social and personal life)
    • capacity for independent living (community integration with little or no regular outside intervention)
    • economic self-sufficiency (earn financial resources to meet both basic life-support and recreational needs)
  5. reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment, or other services which are of life long or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.