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The Most (And Least) Receptive Places For People With Intellectual Disabilities

Intellectual Disability

Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/29/11 09:17 AM ET Updated: 08/29/11 06:12 AM ET

Those living with an intellectual disability are likely to be treated differently depending on which part of the world they live in.

A new Gallup poll looked at 112 countries from six different regions of the world -- Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union -- asking residents whether or not their cities or communities are receptive to people with intellectual disabilities. Gallup used the same definition of intellectual disability as the Special Olympics, which defines it as having an IQ below 70 to 75, having significant limitations in at least two skill areas and having the condition begin before the age of 18. (The Special Olympics started using the terms "intellectual disability" in 2004 to replace the terms "mental retardation," as part of an industry-wide change.)

Of all the regions, the highest number of people who said their community is receptive came from Europe, with 80 percent of people responding positively. Researchers also found that the more educated people were, the more likely they were to report highly receptive communities. The likelihood also went up slightly with age.

Take a look at how the world's countries stacked up:

The Netherlands
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Out of all 112 countries included in the poll, the Netherlands had the most residents who said their community is open to people with intellectual disabilities, at 91 percent.
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