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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?
  1. 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 IQ score of 70 or below
    • An ID diagnosis
    • Level of ID (mild, moderate, severe, or profound)
  2. An adaptive behavior assessment (typically the ABAS-II, SIB-R or the VABS-II) must show significant limitations in meeting the standards of
    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:
    • communication
    • self-care
    • home living
    • social/interpersonal skills
    • use of community resources
    • self-direction
    • functional academic skills
    • work
    • leisure
    • health and safety
  3. Documentation must show that the onset of these conditions of intellectual and adaptive functioning occurred before the individual's 22nd birthday. 

 Learn more  

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.

 Learn more

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. 

Learn 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.