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Description:This image depicts an intellectually-challenged man in his home, sitting in a recliner, as he was putting on his shoes. He was already wearing his right shoe, and was adjusting the strap laces on his left shoe. Living with an intellectual disability does not necessarily mean existing in a non-functional state. There are many degrees of intellectual impairment ranging from an inability to function without assistance, to the ability to function independently, without assistance.
Intellectual disability can be caused by a problem that starts any time before a child turns 18 years old – even before birth. It can be caused by injury, disease, or a problem in the brain. For many children, the cause of their intellectual disability is not known. Some of the most common known causes of intellectual disability – like Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, fragile X syndrome, genetic conditions, birth defects, and infections – happen before birth. Others happen while a baby is being born or soon after birth. Still other causes of intellectual disability do not occur until a child is older; these might include serious head injury, stroke, or certain infections.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - National Center for Environmental Health, NCEH; Disability and Health; Intellectual Disability
CDC - National Center for Environmental Health, NCEH; Disability and Health: Types of Disabilities
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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