Education Week: Changes to Name, Definition of Mental Retardation Raise Concerns

Another proposed change to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is raising concerns, this time involving the new definition and relabeling of mental retardation.

There are already concerns about proposed changes to the definition of autism spectrum disorders in the new manual, which is undergoing its first major update in 17 years.

In the case of the definition of mental retardation, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities said that plans to change mental retardation to “intellectual development disorder” doesn’t match shifts in the United States and abroad to use the term “intellectual disability.” In addition, the proposed definition from the American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the manual, “does not align with its own thoroughly researched and professionally accepted definition of intellectual disability,” the advocacy group said in a statement.

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