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INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY (Topical Term)

Preferred form: INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

IHC Website https://ihc.org.nz/what-intellectual-disability

Intellectual disability is a term used when a person has difficulty understanding, concentrating, learning and remembering new things in their everyday life. People with an intellectual disability may need support to develop new skills, understand complex information and communicate with other people. The Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003 (IDCCR Act) defines an intellectual disability as a permanent impairment that: results in an IQ of 70 or less; results in significant deficits in adaptive functioning in areas such as communication, self-care, home living, and social skills; and becomes apparent before a person reaches the age of 18.

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