Intellectual Disabilities

Intellectual Disabilities

Intelligence test scores would be lower in a person with an Intellectual Disability as compared to someone with a Learning Disability.

Intellectual Disabilities, as defined by the DSM-5, require three things:

  1. Significant challenges in reasoning, problem solving, abstract thinking, and planning, which is measured using an intelligence test.
  2. Significant challenges in daily living skills, which include things like communication skills, self-care, managing money, being independent in the community and at home.
  3. Evidence that the challenges started when the person was a child.

Resources – For more information about Intellectual Disabilities:

American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: