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.



Other Physical Handicaps

While blindness attracts both governmental and voluntary provision in a wide range of countries , and deafness is recognised increasingly as worthy of attention, other physical handicaps remain largely neglected. The physically crippled and the mentally handicapped in the developing countries constitute by far the largest numbers in need of special provision, but up to the present have probably the least effort made on their behalf in relation to the need. Even in Western Europe, schools and institutions for the crippled were provided later than those for the blind and deaf (1), and indeed the present situation is readily understandable in terms of the environment and social conditions pertaining in most developing countries .


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