ID Intellectual Disability – Questions from Parents

Here is a document by Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of Psychological Services:

Intellectual Disability Brochure Cover

Exemples of questions:

I know that my son learns at a

slower pace, but does that mean

he’s Intellectually Disabled?

Learning at a slower pace, by itself, may not indicate an intellectual disability. However, if there are also significant limitations in two or more adaptive skill areas, including communication, self-care, home living, social skills, self-direction, community use, health and safety, functional academics, leisure or work skills, then an intellectual disability may be the appropriate diagnosis.

Why do you have to use those


I agree with the findings; I know

my child has trouble learning.

I don’t want her “labeled”

Intellectually Disabled.

State and federal laws specify in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004), the definitions of disabilities and the “labels” used. The label or disability enables children to obtain specialized instruction and related services that can contribute to their education and provide for growth.

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