Down Syndrome and Mental Retardation
Most people with Down syndrome have IQs that fall in the mild to moderate range of mental retardation. Some are so mildly affected that they live independently and are gainfully employed.
Language development is often delayed or impaired in people with Down syndrome; they understand more than they can verbalize. Also, ordinary activities of daily living and understanding the behavior of others, as well as their own, can present challenges.
Federal laws have been established to ensure that all handicapped children have access to public education. Consquently, children with Down syndrome can and have been included into regular classrooms.