The Individual and Family Developmental Disabilities Support Waiver (IFDDS), also known as the DD Waiver, is a Medicaid program that provides home and community-based care services to Medicaid eligible individuals who would otherwise be eligible for placement in an Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR).*
The waiver provides services to individuals who are 6 years of age or older, who have a related condition and do not have a diagnosis of intellectual disability. A related condition is a severe chronic disability, closely related to intellectual disability because this condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior, one which manifested before the person reaches age 22, likely to continue indefinitely and results in functional limitation in 2 or more of the following categories: health status, communication, task learning skills, personal/self-care, mobility, behavior, and community living skills. Examples of related conditions may include but are not limited to cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, asperger’s, shaken baby syndrome, autism, spina bifida, and epilepsy.
*The correct terminology is "individuals with intellectual disability," but ICF/MR is the abbreviation currently used in all Federal requirements.