1887

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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Visual Handicap

The 750,000 blind children in the developing countries of the Commonwealth (1) have little hope of leading a full and active life, but at least they usually suffer less ostracism and active rejection than the epileptic or the leper. Very many of them, however, die from neglect in early childhood, more drift (or are urged) into the life of the professional beggar , a mere 2% at present can find places in the formal educational system (2). Yet of all the common handicaps, blindness tends to arouse the quickest sympathy and the readiest assistance , probably because even the least imaginative sighted citizen can formulate to himself some sort of direct impression of the effects of blindness.

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