ERIC Number: ED030993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
School Census; A Means for Identifying Handicapped Children.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Bureau for Handicapped Children.
Whereas the question included on handicapped children in the 1965 school census in Madison (Wisconsin) yielded incomplete results, the 1966 school census employing a questionnaire identified 314 handicapped children not in school. Of these, 50% were enrolled in an educational program, 52% were male, 58% were preschoolers, and 42% were aged 6 to 18. Further data revealed that 55% had hearing, seeing, retardation or slow learner, or cerebral palsy handicaps; 45% had other handicaps, including speech defect, brain damage, heart condition, poor motor skills, and emotional disturbances. Additional findings involved type of program attended, age group breakdown, medical care, additional help, and information needs. Evaluation of the census technique as a means of identifying handicapped children indicated that the census was economically feasible and results were significantly related to both general and special education. A significant number of preschool handicapped children were identified, and as a result, nursery programs were established for deaf and visually handicapped preschool children. (LE)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Bureau for Handicapped Children.