Mass. rule on mental disability faulted
Court says using IQ is unjustified
The Massachusetts appeals court last week ruled that the state agency for the intellectually disabled has unfairly set an IQ score of 70 or below as a major threshold to qualify for services, without explaining why the standard is appropriate. The case involves a woman in her 40s who at different times in her life scored 71 and 69. Meanwhile, however, she completed high school, community college, and held jobs at a Boston law firm and at the Federal Reserve Bank.