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IDEA's Definition of "Mental Retardation" Our nation's special education law, the IDEA, defines mental  retardation as . . . ". . . significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing  concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during  the developmental period, that adversely affects a child's educational  performance." [34 Code of Federal Regulations §300.8(c)(6)] Providing services to help individuals with an intellectual disability has  led to a new understanding of the disability. After the initial diagnosis 
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Unformatted text preview: of intellectual disability is made, we look at a person's strengths and weaknesses. We also look at how much support or help the person needs to get along at home, in school, and in the community. This approach gives a realistic picture of each individual. It also recognizes that the "picture" can change. As the person grows and learns, his or her ability to get along in the world grows as well A test score of around 70—or as high as 75—indicates a limitation in intellectual functioning....
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