Facts about Intellectual Disability
1. “Intellectual disability” (previously known as mental retardation) means that an individual mentally develops at a below-average rate and can have learning difficulties and trouble socially adjusting.
2. This type of disability (which differs from person to person) can be caused by any condition which impairs development of the brain before or during birth or in early childhood. More than 250 causes of intellectual disability have been discovered.
3. In the US, roughly 4.6 million people are identified as having an intellectual disability.
If your child, or young adult, has an IQ of 70 call the IDD intake line at (412) 253-1250. They will collect demographic information (it only takes a few minutes) and will need a report, from the school or an evaluator, to support the IQ score. Once registered, they will explain what services are available and help you pick a provider to be your supports coordinator.
For adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Chartiers operates day programs in the Adult Training Facility, a Community Activities Program and a Family Living Program. All of the program’s focus on the abilities of the group while supporting the integration of health and wellness.
For more information on any of Chartiers services, or questions on how to access services, call Chartiers Center (412) 221-3302 or visit the website at www.chartierscenter.org