Apply for Services

Applying to Cuyahoga DD is the first step in the eligibility process. An application can be made at any time and by anyone- parent, family member, doctor, school staff, friend or the person with a suspected developmental disability. Eligibility is not based on income and will not affect other public benefits like Medicaid or Social Security. Learn more about your benefits and Cuyahoga DD here

An application can be made using this secure, online form or by calling 216-736-2673.


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*When using the protected online application, you have the option to upload documents that are needed to help determine eligibility. Please click here for a listing of those documents. Don't worry! If you are not able to upload documents, we will let you know other ways you can submit them, including emailing them directly to


Cuyahoga DD provides support and services to people with developmental disabilities of all ages. We plan services based on the needs and goals of each person. We call this person-centered planning. Support and services can be provided in the home, school, at work and other places in the community and help you to live a meaningful life.

The chart below outlines eligibility criteria by age and what steps to take to begin the eligibility process. Once you reach out to us, a specialist will contact you and guide you through each step of the process. We look forward to assisting you. 

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Getting Started

Birth - 2 One (1) developmental delay

Call Bright Beginnings at 216-698-7500.

Cuyahoga DD partners with Bright Beginnings to provide Early Intervention services. Bright Beginnings will contact you to do an assessment to determine the need for Early Intervention services.

 Age 3 - 5

Two (2) developmental delays

• Click here to complete the secure online application form.


• Call our Eligibility line at 216-736-2673


• Send an email to

To complete the application process, please
have the following information ready:

  • Name
  • Contact Information
  • Address
  • Reason for applying
  • Date of Birth
  • Disability (if known)

We will stay in contact with you and guide you through the eligibility process.

Age 6 - 15

Documentation of a diagnosed
developmental disability; and

Three (3) limitations on the Children’s Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument*

Age 16 & Older

Documentation of a diagnosed
developmental disability; and

Three (3) limitations on the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument* (OEDI)

*The COEDI and OEDI are a type of tool used by Board of DD professionals to assess and describe the abilities
of a child or adult in life activities, such as language, self-care, mobility and learning.

IMPORTANT: Eligibility must be redetermined at age 3, age 6 and age 16 for continued services. Call 216-736-2673.