To protect, serve, and advocate for children and adults that have been diagnosed with mental retardation or a related condition

Mental Retardation
A person with a mental retardation is one that manifests at least one of the following conditions before their 22nd birthday:
  • Diagnosed as having substantial limitations in present functioning
  • Manifested as significantly sub-average intelligence (IQ of 70 or below)
  • Existing concurrently with demonstrated deficits in adaptive functioning
Related Condition
A related condition that is found to be closely related to mental retardation, including but not limited to:
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
When a condition:
  • Is severe and chronic
  • Results in impairment of general intellectual functioning or adaptive behaviors
  • Similar to that of persons with mental retardation
  • Requires treatment or services similar to those required for persons with mental retardation
  • Is manifested before the person reaches 22 years of age
  • Is likely to persist indefinitely
  • Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following major life activities:
    • Self care
    • Understanding and use of language
    • Learning
    • Mobility
    • Self-direction
    • Capacity for independent living
    • Is not attributable to mental illness or an emotional disturbance