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Moderate Intellectual Disability

Scope Note: 
Intellectual functioning that ranges three to four standard deviations below the mean (usually 40-54 IQ range), concurrent with adaptive deficiencies -- individuals with a moderate intellectual disability can learn self-help, communication, social, or simple vocational skills but only limited academic skills. Prior to 2015, "Moderate Mental Retardation" was used to index this concept.
Category: Disabilities
Broader Terms
Intellectual Disability
Narrower Terms
Use this term instead of
Moderate Mental Retardation
Trainable Mentally Handicapped (1967 1980)
Related Terms
Down Syndrome
Mild Intellectual Disability
Residential Schools
Severe Intellectual Disability
Added to ERIC: 9/4/2015