Intellectual Disability

People With Disabilities Held For Years Without Trial

Whether or not they committed a crime, defendants with intellectual disabilities can spend years — and in some cases, decades — locked up with no opportunity to argue their innocence.

Doctors Get New Recommendations For Diagnosing Disabilities

A major pediatricians’ group is issuing new guidelines for physicians diagnosing intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

TV Series To Examine Life During Transition

A new show focusing on the experiences of five young adults with intellectual disabilities is coming to television.

White House Gala Honors Special Olympics

Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder were just a few of the celebrities on hand at a White House gala honoring Special Olympics.

Obamas To Host People With Disabilities

The president and first lady will welcome a group of people with disabilities to the White House this week for a special dinner focusing on efforts to promote acceptance.

Family’s Complaint Prompts Insurer To Drop ‘R-Word’

A major health insurer has agreed to stop using the term “mental retardation” after a family complained when the phrase was used to describe their daughter’s condition.

In Shift, Supreme Court Moves Away From ‘Mental Retardation’

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling clarifying what constitutes intellectual disability also marked a major milestone in efforts to put an end to use of the term “mental retardation.”

Woman Hit With Bill After Brother’s Death At Institution

A New York woman who says her brother with intellectual disability was killed two years ago at a state institution where he lived is now being billed $11.67 million for the man’s care.

Supreme Court Rejects Bright-Line Test For Intellectual Disability

A closely divided U.S. Supreme Court struck down a strict IQ cutoff for determining who has intellectual disability.

Study Finds Reading Possible Despite Low IQ

For students with intellectual disability, functional skills are often prioritized over academics, but a new study finds that children with low IQ are capable of learning to read.

‘R-Word’ Complaint Fails To Get Book Removed From Libraries

Despite a complaint, a children’s book that includes the word “retarded” will remain in the libraries of several schools.

ESPN To Broadcast Special Olympics World Games

Some of the world’s most talented athletes with intellectual disabilities will be center stage on national television under a deal with ESPN.

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