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.




Almost every child in the developing countries is handicapped by malnutrition. Nor, indeed, is this condition limited to the developing countries, for a recent report estimated that seven pupils out of ten in England are inadequately nourished to the point of being at risk (1). Minority groups in the richer countries are particularly prone to suffer in this way, shown, for example, by the widespread malnutrition among Australian Aborogines and part-Aborigines, beginning often in the immediate post-weaning period and in many cases imposing a permanent handicap on physical and mental development (2).


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