What is an intellectual disability?

Written by Dr. Betty Patten

An intellectual disability is a condition characterized by significant limitations in cognitive functioning and adaptive behaviors, including communication, self-care, and social interaction. These limitations can manifest in various ways and can range from mild to severe. Individuals with intellectual disabilities may have difficulty with tasks such as learning, problem-solving, and decision-making. The cause of intellectual disabilities can be genetic, environmental, or a combination of both.

An intellectual disability is a condition that affects a person's ability to think, learn, and make decisions. It can make it hard for them to do everyday tasks and understand things like numbers and words. The condition can range from mild to severe and the causes can be different for each person.

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