Individuals who have limitations with intellectual and mental functioning—including difficulty communicating with others and understanding social cues—suffer from an intellectual disability. The severity can vary greatly on a case-by-case basis, but nearly one in ten families in the U.S.—or 6.5 million people—are affected by a loved one who has an intellectual disability.
Criteria for intellectual disabilities
Intellectual disabilities are typically identified at a young age.
Children with intellectual disabilities learn and develop at a slower pace than their peers. Symptoms can include: becoming mobile later than other children; having trouble learning to talk, speak and communicate; experiencing difficulty with problem-solving; and the inability to understand and follow social norms. Also, an IQ below 70-75 can indicate the presence of an intellectual disability.
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) defines an individual with having an intellectual disability if he or she meets the following criteria:
- IQ around 70 or as high as 75
- Significant limitations in two or more adaptive areas—that is, conceptual, social and practical skills—that are needed to live and work normally
- Evidence of the condition before the age of 18
Intellectual disabilities can be caused by a wide range of factors including complications during pregnancy and birth, as well as genetic conditions and health problems. In some cases, the cause remains unknown.
Working with and raising individuals with intellectual disabilities takes great patience and skill. Omni is here to assist you and your loved ones with treating and healing those with intellectual disabilities. We work with patients ranging in age from two to 92 and want to be your partner in the care for those in need. Contact us to learn how we can help.
Case Management Supported Community Living Waiver & Michelle P. Waiver
Helps individuals and his/her family to develop a plan to meet the individual’s specific needs.
Adult Foster Care Provider
24-hour supervision and training in activities such as laundry, routine household care, self-care, shopping, money management, socialization and leisure activities.
Respite Services — Supported Community Living Waiver & Michelle P. Waiver
Offers rest and/or relief for those persons normally caring for an individual. Omni Community Health makes this service available to individuals living in an adult foster care home or his/her family home.
Services are available throughout Kentucky with offices in Bowling Green, Lexington, Madisonville and Paducah.
North Carolina Services
Home Support Program
The Home Support Program is a network of services designed to meet the living and personal care needs of adults 18 years and older. Participants live in their own homes and are supported by a biological parent, step-parent, other related family member or guardian also residing in the home.
Families or providers assist with personal grooming and cleanliness, household chores and dietary needs, as well as aiding with the social and adaptive education necessary for those in a non-institutional setting. To learn more or to make a referral, please contact an office near you.
Home & Community Support Program
The goal of the Home & Community Support is independence. This program allows individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities a greater level of independence in the community, through instruction, support, supervision and engagement.
The program reflects the natural flow of skills and other activities as they occur during the course of a day. It is administered by a trained coordinator on a one-to-one basis in a private residence and/or in the community.To learn more or to make a referral, please contact an office near you.