Intellectual disability

Common Name(s)

Intellectual disability, Mental retardation, Intellectual developmental disorder

Intellectual disability, formerly known as mental retardation, is a condition that is apparent before the age of 18 and consists of both below-average intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior. There are a number of causes of intellectual disability. Our understanding of the causes of intellectual disability focuses on the types of risk factors (biomedical, social, behavioral, and educational) and the timing of exposure (before, during, or after birth) to those factors.

Intellectual disability is often diagnosed during early childhood or the early school years. To make a diagnosis of intellectual disability, a psychologist or physician will use measures of intellectual functioning (mental capacity for learning, reasoning, problem solving, and so on, often known as an “IQ test”) and adaptive behavior, including skills related to using concepts (such as language, money, or time), social skills, and those practical skills needed to take care of one’s self.

There are many sources of information and support for people with intellectual disability and their families.

Source: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Source: Advocacy organizations associated with the condition.

 

Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Intellectual disability" for support, advocacy or research.

Mowat Wilson Support

We are a support group and website where families can share information about Mowat-Wilson Syndrome. Our website includes support group information, a forum, photos and profiles of children with MWS and parent survey pages. We want to help inform the public about this rare condition and to help those affected by it not feel so alone by giving them a place to exchange information and experiences with others in the same situation.

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2014

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Simons VIP Connect

The Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP) is an online community and research initiative. We provide a platform to partner families and researchers to better understand over 40 genetic changes (genomic variants) associated with features related to autism and developmental delay.

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2015

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VOR-Speaking up for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities

VOR is a national organization advocating for high quality care and human rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Intellectual disability" for support, advocacy or research.

Mowat Wilson Support

We are a support group and website where families can share information about Mowat-Wilson Syndrome. Our website includes support group information, a forum, photos and profiles of children with MWS and parent survey pages. We want to help inform the public about this rare condition and to help those affected by it not feel so alone by giving them a place to exchange information and experiences with others in the same situation.

http://www.mowatwilson.org

Last Updated: 6 Mar 2014

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

http://www.pediatricbrainfoundation.org

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Simons VIP Connect

The Simons Variation in Individuals Project (Simons VIP) is an online community and research initiative. We provide a platform to partner families and researchers to better understand over 40 genetic changes (genomic variants) associated with features related to autism and developmental delay.

http://www.simonsvipconnect.org

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2015

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VOR-Speaking up for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities

VOR is a national organization advocating for high quality care and human rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

http://www.vor.net

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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General Resources

Toolkit for Families

Advocacy resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, and their families, guardians and advocates. Resources relate to residential choice, federal laws, cost comparisons, quality of care and more.

Updated 29 Apr 2014

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Toolkit for Legislators, Policymakers, and Officials

Advocacy resources for legislators and policymakers re: to developmental disabilities, including autism, Resources relate to residential choice, federal laws, cost comparisons, quality of care and more.

Updated 29 Apr 2014

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VOR Press Kit

VOR's 2014 Press Kit, a collection of written materials designed to introduce VOR to the media and others, is now available. For more information, please contact Julie Huso, Executive Director at jhuso@vor.net.

Updated 29 Apr 2014

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Olmstead Resources

The Supreme Court, in its landmark Olmstead v. L.C.n decision, recognized the need for a range of services, based on individual choice and need, which respond to the varied and unique needs of the entire disability community.

Updated 29 Apr 2014

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Learn About VOR

VOR's Mission, Policy and Positions, and more. Learn more about the only national non-profit organization advocating for high quality care and human rights based on individual choice and need.

Updated 29 Apr 2014

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Intellectual disability" returned 561 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Impact of moderate intellectual disability on the dynamics and quality of family life: a qualitative clinical study].
 

Author(s): Rodrigo Victor Viana Tomaz, Vanessa de Arruda Santos, Lucimar Retto da Silva de Avó, Carla Maria Ramos Germano, Débora Gusmão Melo

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This qualitative clinical study investigated the impact of moderate intellectual disability on family dynamics and quality of life. The data were collected using individual interviews with 15 mothers of children with intellectual disabilities, as a convenience sample, and examined ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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De novo variants inare associated with hypotonia, developmental delay, intellectual disability, and autism.
 

Author(s): Akemi J Tanaka, Megan T Cho, Rebecca Willaert, Kyle Retterer, Yuri A Zarate, Katie Bosanko, Vikki Stefans, Kimihiko Oishi, Amy Williamson, Golder N Wilson, Alice Basinger, Tina Barbaro-Dieber, Lucia Ortega, Susanna Sorrentino, Melissa K Gabriel, Ilse J Anderson, Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Rhonda E Schnur, Wendy K Chung

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Using whole-exome sequencing, we identified seven unrelated individuals with global developmental delay, hypotonia, dysmorphic facial features, and an increased frequency of short stature, ataxia, and autism with de novo heterozygous frameshift, nonsense, splice, and missense variants ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Mutations inin individuals with intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, and macrocephaly.
 

Author(s): Marc Woodbury-Smith, Eric Deneault, Ryan K C Yuen, Susan Walker, Mehdi Zarrei, Giovanna Pellecchia, Jennifer L Howe, Ny Hoang, Mohammed Uddin, Christian R Marshall, Christina Chrysler, Ann Thompson, Peter Szatmari, Stephen W Scherer

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a developmental disorder of early childhood onset, affects males four times more frequently than females, suggesting a role for the sex chromosomes. In this study, we describe a family with ASD in which a predicted pathogenic nonsense mutation in the ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Intellectual disability" returned 59 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Where Environment Meets Cognition: A Focus on Two Developmental Intellectual Disability Disorders.
 

Author(s): I De Toma, L Manubens Gil, S Ossowski, M Dierssen

Journal: Neural Plast.. 2016 ;2016():4235898.

 

One of the most challenging questions in neuroscience is to dissect how learning and memory, the foundational pillars of cognition, are grounded in stable, yet plastic, gene expression states. All known epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation, histone ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Genetic Studies in Intellectual Disability and Behavioral Impairment.
 

Author(s): Hoda Mehregan, Hossein Najmabadi, Kimia Kahrizi

Journal: Arch Iran Med. 2016 May;19(5):363-75.

 

 Intellectual Disability (ID, also known as mental retardation) is a debilitating neurodevelopmental disorder affecting nearly 1% of the general population worldwide. Occurrence of behavioral disorders in individuals with ID is four times higher than that in the general population. ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Prenatal, Perinatal and Neonatal Risk Factors for Intellectual Disability: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Jichong Huang, Tingting Zhu, Yi Qu, Dezhi Mu

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The etiology of non-genetic intellectual disability (ID) is not fully known, and we aimed to identify the prenatal, perinatal and neonatal risk factors for ID.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Games With Virtual Reality in Intellectual Disabilities
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Intellectual Disability

 

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2017

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Last Updated: 20 Dec 2017

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Various Type of Genetic Events in Patients With Intellectual Disability
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Intellectual Disability

 

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2016

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