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Mild Intellectual Disability

Scope Note: 
Intellectual functioning that ranges two to three standard deviations below the mean (usually 55-69 IQ range), concurrent with adaptive deficiencies -- individual with mild intellectual disability are able to acquire functional academic skills through special education and adults can usually maintain themselves at least semi-independently in a community. Prior to 2015, "Mild Mental Retardation" was used to index this concept.
Category: Disabilities
Broader Terms
Intellectual Disability
Mild Disabilities
Narrower Terms
Use this term instead of
Educable Mentally Handicapped (1966 1980)
Mild Mental Retardation
Related Terms
Down Syndrome
Moderate Intellectual Disability
Residential Schools
Severe Intellectual Disability
Slow Learners
Added to ERIC: 9/4/2015