Criteria for Participating

Criteria for Participating in a Butterfly Dreams Pageant

Girls/women and boys/men ages 4 and up, who have been diagnosed with a significant intellectual and/or developmental disability, or a related condition may participate in their resident state pageant. Each participant is required to submit an application and acceptable documentation to demonstrate that he/she meets the criteria for participation.

Please note:

  • A physical disability alone will not qualify an individual for participation.
  • If a participant is a current state title holder for another pageant system, he/she cannot participate with Butterfly Dreams until they have completed their current reign. Once that reign has ended, the individual is welcome to apply for participation in a Butterfly Dreams pageant.
  • If a participant is awarded the state division title with Butterfly Dreams, it is understood that he/she cannot compete for another pageant system’s state title until their Butterfly Dreams reign has ended.

Intellectual Disability – A person is considered intellectually disabled if he or she exhibits significantly sub-average intellectual functioning concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior manifested before age 22. Significantly sub-average is defined as having an IQ of 70 or below based on standardized measures of intelligence.

Developmental disability – A person with severe chronic conditions that are due to mental or mental with physical impairments.Developmental disabilities cause individuals living with them many difficulties in certain areas of life, especially in “language, mobility, learning,self-help, and independent living”.

Most common developmental disabilities:

Fragile X syndrome
Down syndrome
Pervasive developmental disorders
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Cerebral palsy
Moderate to severe intellectual disability

Related Conditions – a person with a severe, chronic disability that meets all of the following criteria:

It is attributable to Cerebral Palsy or Epilepsy or any other condition, other than mental illness, found to be closely related to intellectual disability because this condition results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behavior similar to that of a person with intellectual disability and requires treatment or services similar to those required by a person with intellectual disability.

It is manifested before the person reaches the age of 22. It is likely to continue indefinitely. It results in substantial functioning limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:

Understanding and use of language
Capacity for independent living