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 Role of Organisations Other Than National Governments

The extension of facilities for handicapped children in all developing countries will depend to a considerable extent on the effective supplement to national government provision by other organisations. Most developing countries at present look to agencies other than the national government to supply initiative, personnel and finance for special education. Increasingly, however, governments are displaying their readiness to support these activities, usually by some form of grant in aid, most often related to the salaries of trained teaching staff.


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