Intellectual Disability DPI Criteria/Resources

Wisconsin DPI Criteria

Intellectual disability means significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills and manifested during the developmental period that adversely affects the child’s educational performance.

The IEP team may identify a child as having an intellectual disability if the child meets the criteria under subds. 1., and 3. a. or b. as follows:

1. The child has a standard score of 2 or more standard deviations below the mean on an individually administered intelligence test which takes into account the child's mode of communication and is developed to assess intellectual functioning using this mode. More than one intelligence test may be used to produce a comprehensive result.

2. The child has significant limitations in adaptive behavior that are demonstrated by a standard score of 2 or more standard deviations below the mean on standardized or nationally-normed measures, as measured by comprehensive, individual assessments that include interviews of the parents, tests, and observations of the child in adaptive behavior which are relevant to the child's age, including at least one of the following:
-Conceptual skills.
-Social adaptive skills.
-Practical adaptive skills.
-An overall composite score on a standardized measure of conceptual, social, and practical skills.

3.
a. Except as provided in subd. 3. c., the child is age 3 through 5 and has a standard score of 2 or more standard deviations below the mean on standardized or nationally-normed measures, as measured by comprehensive, individual assessments, in the following areas: language development and communication, cognition and general knowledge.

b. Except as provided in subd. 3. c., the child is age 6 through 21 and has a standard score of 2 or more standard deviations below the mean on standardized or nationally-normed measures, as measured by comprehensive, individual assessments, in the following areas: written language, reading, and mathematics.

c. When it is determined that reliable and valid assessment results under subd. 3. a. or b. are not possible due to the child's functioning level or age, a standardized developmental scale or a body of evidence including informal measures shall be used to assess the child.

4. Upon re-evaluation, a child who met identification criteria for cognitive disability prior to September 1, 2015, and continues to demonstrate a need for special education under s. PI 11.35 (2), including specially designed instruction, is a child with a disability under this section.


Wisconsin DPI eligibility criteria and other resources

Resources


This organization advocates nationally for the inclusion of people with Down Syndrome

The Arc-Wisconsin provides assistance to people with developmental and related disabilities and their families.

This group is a statewide organization which provides individuals with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and athletic competition. 

This organization if made up of parents, community leaders, and self advocates who have a desire to empower indiviudalas with Down Sydrome by providing them, their families with the best available information, advocacy, and support.