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Intellectual Disability Disorders

Intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDDs), are chronic conditions that can impact the physical, intellectual and/or emotional development of a person throughout the course of their life. 

  • Communication
  • Mobility
  • Learning
  • Social and self-help skills
  • Independent living
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Causes and Risk Factors

Intellectual disabilities manifest before adulthood, and include problems with both intellectual and adaptive functioning. Developmental disabilities manifest before a person reaches the age of 22, and include an intellectual or physical impairment, or a combination of both that affects a person throughout the course of life. Examples of developmental disabilities include autism, behavior disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, brain injury, fragile X syndrome, intellectual disability, fetal alcohol syndrome, and Spina Bifida.

Although there many causes of IDD – some of which are unknown, more common causes include genetics, complications during pregnancy, problems during birth, and exposure to diseases or toxins. IDD is a lifelong condition, not an illness, that currently does not have a cure.

How We Help

People living with IDD deserve to live life to its fullest, and may require long-term services and supports indefinitely. By promoting dignity and choice for adults with IDD, The CHCS Long-Term Care Services helps improve the quality of life for consumers and their loved ones through programs designed for inclusivity, accessibility, and independence. Staff provides care in a warm, nurturing and playful environment that offers consumers an opportunity to have fun with peers, learn how to better care for themselves, establish and maintain employment, and overall, achieve a new found richness and zest for life!

Find out more about eligibility and enrollment in IDD services through The Center for Health Care Services by contacting Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) below.

All eligibility for Long Term Care services through CHCS must be pre-approved by AACOG.

The number for AACOG is: (210) 832-5020


Intellectual Disability Development

Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) 
8700 Tesoro Dr., Suite 160
San Antonio, TX 78217
(210) 832-5020
Fax: (866) 689-1843

Your Time is Valuable!

At The Center for Health Care Services, we recognize the importance of your time and are committed to providing efficient and timely care Beginning February 1, 2024, The Center established prescriber scheduling instructions for quicker access to health care services.

For detailed instructions

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call CHCS or speak with your
Care Management team member Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
at (210) 261-CHCS (2427).


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