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Children and adults with intellectual disabilities inspire us every day at Special Olympics events around the world. But what are intellectual disabilities?

What Is an Intellectual Disability?
Intellectual disability (or ID) is a term used when a person prior to the age of 18, has certain limitations in cognitive functioning and skills, including communication, social and self care skills... lean more
How Does an Intellectual Disability Happen?
Intellectual disability, formerly known as mental retardation, can be caused by injury, disease, or a problem in the brain. For many children, the cause of their intellectual disability is unknown... learn more
What Are the Most Common Causes?
The most common causes of intellectual disabilities are: Genetic conditions, Complications during pregnancy, Problems during birthDiseases or toxic exposure ... learn more
How Common Are Intellectual Disabilities?
Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States have an intellectual disability. Approximately 1 – 3 percent of the global population has an intellectual disability, as many as 200 million people... learn more
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