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FAQ on Intellectual Disability

Learn about intellectual disability in children under 18, characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior, which covers a range of everyday social and practical skills.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

FAQs about Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities

Find answers to questions about education and training opportunities after high school for students with disabilities.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center

Federation for Children with Special Needs: FAQs about Postsecondary Options- (PDF)

Learn about the eligibility and/or availability of services and supports in college for students with intellectual disabilities.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

Federation for Children with Special Needs

A Parent's Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder

This booklet defines autism, and answers questions about treatment approaches, medications, and options for enhancing social skills and opportunities for learning. Coping strategies for family members are discussed as well.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Program and Project Contacts

Locate programs in your state to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Asperger Syndrome (AS)

Asperger syndrome (AS) is a neurobiological disorder that is part of a group of conditions called autism spectrum disorders. Learn about sign and symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and how to help your child.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Asperger’s Syndrome

What distinguishes Asperger's Disorder from Autism Disorder is the severity of the symptoms and the absence of language delays.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

The Autism Society

Autism Source

Find local resources, providers, services, and support for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

The Autism Society

Benefits For Children With Disabilities

This booklet is for the parents, caregivers or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Social Security Administration

Causes and Prevention of Intellectual Disabilities

Although not all intellectual disabilities can be prevented, there are some that can be prevented through newborn screening, immunization and prenatal care. Learn more about it.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

The Arc

Clinics - National Down Syndrome Congress

This page provides a link to each state medical clinic that provides assistance for parents with children affected by Down Syndrome.

Review Date: November 19, 2012

National Down Syndrome Congress

Dental Care Every Day: A Caregiver's Guide

Learn how to help someone with a developmental disability to maintain good oral health.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

NIH National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - NIDCR

Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Find out what developmental milestones to look for at different ages.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Developmental Screening

Developmental screening is a procedure designed to identify children who should receive intensive assessment or diagnosis, for potential developmental delays. This page provides general information about developmental screening.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Down's Syndrome and Stuttering

This leaflet is designed to help people who have Down’s syndrome, or who care for and work with people who have Down’s syndrome to understand the problem of dysfluency in speech.

Review Date: November 19, 2012

Stuttering Foundation of America

Facts About Down Syndrome

Find out some important facts, as well as the developmental aspects of Down Syndrome.

Review Date: November 19, 2012

National Down Syndrome Congress

Find a AACPDM Medical Professional

Search the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine directory for medical professionals who treat cerebral palsy, developmental disorders and/or other childhood-onset disabilities.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Find an Easter Seals Center

Easter Seals has more than 500 centers nationwide offering services that help people living with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Easter Seals Inc.

Getting into College: What Students with Disabilities Want to Know

This module assists students with disabilities to understand the college admissions process.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center

Intellectual Disability

Intellectual disability is sometimes referred to as a cognitive disability or mental retardation. This document discusses the causes of intellectual disabiltiy, including prevention, economic impact, and available resources.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Intellectual Disability Fact Sheet

This document defines intellectual disability (ID) and discusses its causes, diagnosis, signs, and impact on a child's education. Tips and resources for parents and teachers are included.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Mental Retardation: Learn How to Get More Information to Help Your Child

If you have just learned that your child has a developmental disability, you probably have a lot of questions. Find tips on how to get more information about your child's disability and how you can help your child.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Overview of Early Intervention

Learn the basic steps involved in early intervention services designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers, from birth through age two, who have a developmental delay or disability.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

People with Disabilities

This web page provides information for people with disabilities about healthy living, safety, schools, independent living, and more.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Disability and Health Programs, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities/CDC

PKU (Phenylketonuria) In Your Baby

PKU (phenylketonuria) is an inherited disorder that, if untreated, causes mental retardation. Fortunately, through routine newborn screening, almost all affected newborns are diagnosed and treated early, allowing them to grow up with normal intelligence.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation

Program Locator: Special Olympics

Find a Special Olympics office near you to learn about volunteering or how children and adults with intellectual disabilities can participate in year-round sports training and competition.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

Special Olympics

Special Education Services for Preschoolers with Disabilities

What services are available for preschoolers who are experiencing developmental delays? Learn where families, childcare providers, and educators can find help and support.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

State Organization: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Locate organizations and agencies within your state that address disability-related issues, including agencies serving children and youth with disabilities, parent groups, and more. .

Review Date: March 12, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

What Is Down's Syndrome?

What is the cause of Down Syndrome? What impact does it have on society? What other medical conditions are common among those with Down Syndrome? Find the answers to these questions here.

Review Date: November 19, 2012

National Down Syndrome Society