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retardation is a developmental disability* that begins in childhood and is
characterized by limitations in both intelligence and adaptive skills. Here
are some valuable web sites on mental retardation.
- *Note: Although
there are other developmental disabilities besides mental retardation, some
organizations use the two terms synonymously. We suggest that you check the
resources on our developmental disabilities page for
other good resources, as well as the pages on specific
disorders that cause mental retardation.
- American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)
- The web site of this professional
organization is primarily composed of information about the organization and
its publications. There's also a good set of FAQs on such diverse topics as
home ownership, human rights, self-advocacy, and person and family centered
planning; look for them in the "policies" section.
- The ARC
- Formerly the Association
for Retarded Citizens, the ARC is the country's largest voluntary organization
committed to the welfare of children and adults with mental retardation and
their families. Its web site is packed with useful information and resources,
including FAQs, legislative newsletters, reports and other publications, local
resources, links, and more.
- President's Committee
on Mental Retardation (PCMR)
- Information about the PCMR,
a federal committee established to advise the President and the Secretary
of Health and Human Services on issues concerning citizens with mental retardation.
- Rehabilitation Research and Training
Center on Aging with Mental Retardation (RRTCAMR)
- The RRTCAMR is a national
resource for researchers, planners, providers, self-advocates, families and
students in the field of aging and mental retardation. Its web site includes
information on its research projects and publications.
- Related Subjects
- Developmental Disabilities
- Specific disorders, e.g. Angelman
Syndrome, Down Syndrome, other
- Specific topics, e.g. Arts,
Inclusion, Just for
Parents, Sports and Recreation, other
- Resources in your state
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