Intellectual Disability

Intellectual Disability- The News You Need This Week (4/17/12)

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Gene hunt is on for mental disability

About 2% of children experience some form of intellectual disability. Many have disorders such as Down’s syndrome and fragile X syndrome, which are linked to known genetic abnormalities and so are easily diagnosed. Others have experienced environmental risk factors, such as fetal alcohol exposure, that rule out a simple genetic explanation. However, a large proportion of intellectual disability cases are thought to be the work of single, as-yet-unidentified mutations.

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Intellectual Disability- The News You Need This Week (3/27/12)

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 Site preserves history of fight for rights for the intellectually disabled

The story of Elkin, who is 95 and a leader in the Intellectual Disability Movement in Pennsylvania and across the country, is now documented and preserved through Visionary Voices, a new site that was recently launched by Temple’s Institute on Disabilities (IOD).

From Awareness to Respect

All of these values presume respect for people with developmental disabilities. Where respect is lacking, self determination and independence are often denied. Integration and inclusion without respect become merely symbolic.

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Intellectual Disability- The News You Need This Week (2/21/12)

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Why nobody is inherently “smart” or “stupid”

This is a review of “The Smart Culture: Society, Intelligence, and Law” by Robert L. Hayman that was done in a High School Newspaper. It’s an interesting viewpoint.

“The label,” continues the author, “sadly, makes that inferiority increasingly “real.” Though the “mentally retarded” person appears “retarded” and, increasingly, tailors her behavior to accommodate the expectations of her social environment. The opportunities afforded he in that environment become increasingly limited, and so too her achievements, and on and on it goes, in a relentless, self-perpetuating (self-blaming) cycle. And it all started with an IQ test.”

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Intellectual Disability- The News You Need This Week (2/14/12)

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Changing Terms: “Mentally Retarded” to “Cognitive Disability”

What do you think about the terms? What do you use?

When we use the term “mental retardation” or “retarded,” we do so because these words are in the text of the federal law. To change the text when Congress has not changed the text of a law would be misleading to readers who rely on us to provide accurate information.

Outlook for Children with Intellectual Disabilities

About 2 percent to 3 percent of children are considered intellectually disabled (formerly called mentally retarded). Their general intelligence is significantly below average, and they have difficulty adapting to their environment.

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Intellectual Disability- The News You Need This Week (1/24/12)

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The TOP 10 Reasons to Hire an Individual with a Developmental Disability

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Sheltered workshops for developmentally disabled should be revisited 

With the State developmental centers facing political and functional oblivion, many individuals with overt disabilities will be transferred to the community, ostensibly without appropriate support. Yet, sheltered workshops may not only provide a wage, but professional supervision, as well.

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