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.




The handicapped exert little political influence. In the developing countries, particularly, governments beset by political, social, financial and economic problems on a formidable scale, have been unable to allocate high priority to the education, training and rehabilitation of their handicapped citizens. In the three declarations cited above, most members of the United Nations acknowledge implicitly and explicitly that the care and development of the handicapped are essentially governmental responsibilities, yet the allocation of funds for those handicapped physically or mentally through birth, disease or accident, lags all too far behind expressions of official goodwill.


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