State-based supports and services are essential to improving the quality of life of many individuals with intellectual disabilities. However, access to vital assistance is often reserved for those who satisfy the state’s definition of "intellectual disability." On a national scale, Connecticut employs the most restrictive definition of intellectual disability, denying services to individuals with intensive needs simply because they have an IQ score above 69. Effectively, Connecticut quantifies the quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
This Note argues that Connecticut’s eligibility criteria is inconsistent with the best practices set forth by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). In assessing intellectual disability, the AAIDD dispels of strict IQ cutoff scores and instead engages in a holistic inquiry emphasizing the individual’s overall well-being. This Note calls upon the Connecticut legislature to enact a statutory amendment that will modernize Connecticut’s eligibility practices, and ensure that Connecticut is meeting its imperative of providing assistance to those most in need.
Kathleen D. Tetreault, DISABILITY AND THE LAW—PERSON V. PAPER: WHY CONNECTICUT’S IQ CUTOFF SCORE IS A BARRICADE TO SELF-BETTERMENT, 35 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 279 (2013), https://digitalcommons.law.wne.edu/lawreview/vol35/iss1/9