March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month
The DHS Office of Intellectual Disability (OID) encourages everyone with an intellectual disability (formerly known as mental retardation, MR) to register with OID for supports coordination services. Learn more
What is a diagnosis of intellectual disability?
- A licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, psychiatrist, or licensed physician who practices psychiatry must complete a standardized intelligence test with the individual and sign the results. The results of the test must state:
An adaptive behavior assessment (typically the ABAS-II, SIB-R or the VABS-II) must show significant limitations in meeting the standards of
- An IQ score of 70 or below
- An ID diagnosis
- Level of ID (mild, moderate, severe, or profound)
maturity, learning, personal independence, or social responsibility of the individual's age and cultural group and substantial limitation in two or
more of the following areas of major life activity:
Documentation must show that the onset of these conditions of intellectual and adaptive functioning occurred before the individual's 22nd birthday.
- home living
- social/interpersonal skills
- use of community resources
- functional academic skills
- health and safety
What does OID do?
- Intake and Registration.
In Allegheny County registration begins with a call to an OID registration specialist at 412-253-1250. Learn more
- Provide information and outreach to stakeholders Learn more
- Provide information through the Key Communicators distribution list. Learn more
What does an ID system supports coordinator do?
An ID system supports coordinator helps individuals
- find ways to meet their needs
- access helpful services
- make sure that services are provided appropriately, safely and in the best way to meet their needs.
There is no waiting list for supports coordination services.
What other services are available for persons with a diagnosis of ID?
Intellectual disability services are delivered by a number of contracted agencies. Services can include in-home support, residential options, and employment supports and more.
DHS Office of Intellectual Disability brochure
Additional ID Awareness Month Resources
Spread the Word to End the Word
Join the Special Olympics' national campaign to end the use of the word "retarded" when referring to a person with a diagnosis of intellectual disability.