If you suspect that you, your child, or another family member has a developmental disability, fear will likely be your first reaction. This is largely because in the past, there was little, if any, help available for people with disabilities and their families. Many people with disabilities were placed in institutions and segregated from their family, friends and community.

Fortunately, times have changed. Systems are now being designed to enable people with disabilities to play an active role in their communities. They are encouraged to seek and direct the kinds of support and services they want to help them live full, rewarding lives.

This manual will acquaint you with service and support systems that improve quality of life.