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Dubai Health Hack
21 -22 JANUARY 2019
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INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Intellectual disabilities can be categorized as those which limit intellectual functioning and adaptive behaviour; both of which play pivotal roles in everyday social and practical skills.
An intellectual disability, is not an inherent trait of any individual, but instead is characterized by a combination of deficits in both cognitive functioning and adaptive behaviour. The severity of the intellectual disability is determined by the discrepancy between the individual's capabilities in learning and in and the expectations of the social environment. Most individuals considered intellectually disabled are in the mild range with an IQ of 50 to 70.

Premise:

The intellectually determined may require support due to the following:

  1. Intellectual infirmities cause an impaired ability in reasoning and problem solving as well as mental capacity during learning. IQ tests are a common way of realizing such disabilities.
  2. Adaptive behavioral disabilities infiltrate into daily encounters and limit behavior and skills, conceptually socially, and practically.

Challenge:

It will not be easy to empower the already determined; your mission will be to develop an interactive solution that can assist in nudging a user to areas of prime consideration when it comes to intellectual disabilities. Provide a solution that not only helps in advocating for intellectual disabilities on an integrated front, but consider the different variations of intellectual infirmities and create an inclusive platform for the determined, the questioners, the advocates and the professionals.

  • child with a significant intellectual deficit will not be able to cognitively “catch up” to his peers in terms of intelligence and academic performance. In fact, the opposite is more often true and the child will fall further behind as he gets older, particularly if no appropriate academic supports are implemented.
  • Most services are directed towards early years and many of young adults and teen agers are left with few services
  • They are not recognized as productive members of the society (e.g.: vocational or job opportunity)

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