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Special Education in the Developing Countries of the Commonwealth

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This study brings together information about all the major types of physical and mental handicaps affecting children in the developing countries of the Commonwealth. It maintains that increased efficiency in existing provisions through greater cooperation of effort, more effective staffing, and the concentration of effort in a limited range of projects with sufficient resources will benefit both children with special needs and the education process as a whole.

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Hearing Impairment

Attitudes towards the deaf range from fear and apprehension to amused tolerance or embarrassment. In the developing countries especially, the profoundly deaf person who has never learned to speak may attract the fearful revulsion afforded to the leper, the mentally ill or the epileptic; the person suffering from a mild degree of impairment in his hearing, on the other hand, may be regarded as a slightly eccentric buffoon. Rarely does imperfect hearing educe the sympathetic response of visual handicap, yet poor hearing is more widespread than poor sight, probably exerts a more deleterious effect on the personality, and calls for particular expertise in education and treatment if the sufferer is to be enabled to play a full role in his community.

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