More than 545,000 students (ages 6-21) have some level of intellectual disability and receive special education services in public schools under federal special education law (The Arc. (2009). Introduction to intellectual disabilities).

A child with an intellectual disability has limitations in mental functioning. Communicating, social skills and self care may be areas of difficulty. A misconception is that children with intellectual disabilities cannot learn. This is false. Kids with intellectual disabilities can learn!

A student with an intellectual disability may take a longer time and require more effort to master a lesson. . Thus, it is important that a comprehensive IEP be developed to meet the student’s needs and pace of learning. Specific areas need to be targeted for academic and social growth and to transition her/him from school to community settings.

If you suspect your child has an Intellectual Disability, contact Julie. She can help you request testing and seek eligibility for special education services in the school system.

As a Special Education Advocate, Julie can also help you identify the services to request in your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 and write specific learning goals, tailored to address your student’s intellectual disability.