1. MYTH: Intellectual Disability is different from Mental Retardation
“Intellectual Disability” or IDDs (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) is the preferred term for the more outdated term, “Mental Retardation. ”
Prior to my own research, I had no idea it was labelled outdated because it is still used by doctors and developmental disability center staff to this day.
It may take time for the appropriate term, Intellectual Disability, to catch on, but you can help by passing on this information. ←
2) MYTH: Intellectual Disabilities only affect minorities and impoverished countries.
Developmental Disabilities, which include intellectual disabilities, affect all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The condition can be found anywhere in the world. 
3) MYTH: Intellectual disabilities are all caused by [__?__]:
In most cases, the cause of an intellectual disability is unknown.
According to the Center of Disease Control, “it can be caused by injury, disease,” or trauma to the developing brain before, during, or after birth (i.e. anytime before the individual turns 18).
Doctors have found a specific cause in only 25% of cases, and some of the known causes include (but are not limited to):
- Fetal alcohol syndrome
- genetic chromosomal conditions (such as Down syndrome and fragile X syndrome)
- Unexplained: the largest category
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