Intellectual Disabilities
Children and adults with intellectual disabilities inspire us every day at Special Olympics events around the world. But what are intellectual disabilities?
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Intellectual disability (ID) is a term used to describe a person with certain limitations in cognitive functioning and other skills, including communication and self-care.
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Fragile X is a genetic condition that affects a person’s development, especially behavior and the ability to learn.
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Down syndrome describes a set of cognitive and physical symptoms that result from having an extra copy or part of a copy of chromosome 21.
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Autism is a complex neurological and developmental condition that affects how a person learns, communicates and interacts with others.
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There are many other types of intellectual disabilities—some have known causes, while others remain unknown.
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A Resource for Healthcare Professionals, Parents, and Anyone Communicating With Our Athletes This video features Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver and our athletes discussing why it’s so important to include people with intellectual disabilities in all areas of life—especially healthcare access. The first step is learning how to communicate with respect, compassion, and care.