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The Multiply Handicapped Child: An Educational Dilemma

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Title: The Multiply Handicapped Child: An Educational Dilemma
Authors: Kishi, Gloria
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The combined effects of medical technology and parent's militancy regarding the education of handicapped children are presenting an important dilemma in the field of special education that will demand a re-examination of many of the policies and procedures within the discipline. The multiply handicapped child, whose existence and educational needs have recently come to light, poses complex problems and challenges with regards to the educational services society must provide for him. The demands presented by the multiply handicapped child is a recent twentieth century phenomenon, the product of two modern developments: 1) the increasing number of such children and 2) the increasing demand to provide educational services for such children. The increase in the number of multiply handicapped children is, of course, one of the consequences of a growing population. Illingworth states that approximately 2 percent of children are found at birth to be handicapped, with the figure rising to 4 percent by the age five.1 In the United States, there are about four million births a year, suggesting that approximately 80,000 children will be born with potentially handicapping conditions.2 Of these children, an as of now undetermined percentage will have two or more handicaps. The increase in population only partially accounts for the increasing number of multiply handicapped children.
Pages/Duration: 28 pages
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