ERIC Number: ED470828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Mental Retardation. Fact Sheet = El Retraso Mental. Hojas Informativas Sobre Discapacidades.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.
This fact sheet on mental retardation is written in both English and Spanish. It begins with a vignette of a 15-year-old boy with mental retardation. Mental retardation is briefly explained as are some causes of mental retardation. It notes that a diagnosis of mental retardation looks at two things: first, the ability of a person's brain to learn, think, and solve problems and second, whether the person has the skills needed to live independently (adaptive behavior). Also provided is the definition of mental retardation in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and incidence data, more than 614,000 school children were diagnosed with mental retardation in 2001. The fact sheet briefly explains the Individualized Family Service Plan (for infants and young children) and the Individualized Education Program (for school-age children). A list of signs of mental retardation, suggestions for either teachers or parents, and a list of four print and three organizational resources complete the publication. (DB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Child Rearing, Definitions, Early Intervention, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Incidence, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Family Service Plans, Mental Retardation, Preschool Education, Student Characteristics, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013-1492. Tel: 800-695-0285 (Voice/TTY) (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.nichcy.org/.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act