Mental Retardation

  • Mental retardation is a lifelong condition.  
  • Adults with mental retardation are not “children.”  They may remain remarkably childlike, but they want to be treated with respect, not condescension.  Their personalities are as varied as the general populace, and they are usually happier and more involved as part of a family.  
  • Only 5% of people with mental retardation are profoundly impaired.  The rest, depending on the amount of socialization and intervention, may lead fairly normal lives.  

Local Organizations
Additional Resources

National Advocates for the Mentally Ill