Legal Issues Related to Intellectual Disabilities

  • Jeffrey GuinaEmail author


Persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) may be vulnerable to mistreatment and coercion and often require legal protection and support in multiple circumstances. This chapter discusses civil rights and entitlements related to abuse and neglect, education, employment, and general living. Medicolegal issues such as decisional capacity, civil competencies, guardianship, and civil commitment are addressed. Finally, issues related to forensic evaluations, including competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, the death penalty, and malingering are also covered. The chapter summarizes Supreme Court case law and federal statutes that are relevant to intellectual disabilities, as well as noting where laws may differ in different jurisdictions.


Intellectual disability Developmental Forensic Legal Law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Forensic PsychiatrySalineUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan MedicineAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryWright State University, Boonshoft School of MedicineDaytonUSA

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