Children classified as intellectual disabled are eligible for special education services. Criteria include:

  1. A child is classified as intellectual disabled who exhibits significantly sub-average intellectual functioning and exhibits deficits in adaptive behavior which adversely affect learning. Adaptive behavior refers to age appropriate coping with the demands of the environment through independent skills in self-care, communication, and play.
  2. Measurement of adaptive behavior reflects objective documentation through the use of an established scale and appropriate behavioral/anecdotal records. An assessment of the child’s functioning also is made in settings outside the classroom.
  3. Valid and reliable instruments appropriate to the age range are used. If they do not exist for the language and cultural group to which the child belongs, observation and professional judgment are used instead.
  4. Determination that a child is intellectual disabled is never made on the basis of any one test alone.

This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45CFR Section 1304.21.1308.10
It was approved by Policy Council on April 8, 1997.
Updated June 2008. October 2012