ERIC Number: ED064820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Handicapped Child in Our Community.
Howard County Commission for Handicapped Children, Ellicott City, MD.
In order to review problems of handicapped children in Howard County, Maryland, and to provide comprehensive services for handicapped children, two surveys were conducted and a model county plan was provided. A county-wide census survey was conducted to determine the numbers and types of handicapped children in the county. Selected questions pertained to family size, type of dwelling, location of nearest school, education of parents, availability of family doctor, type of handicapped, educational problems, current cost of education to parents, and use of medication. Major findings were that boys showed a greater incidence of handicaps than girls, that incidence of more than one handicapped child in a family was high, that parents thought their children needed more help in school, that annual costs to parents ranged from $50 to $4,000, and that almost 10% of the handicapped children took medication. A survey of 25 service agencies was also conducted to assess the programs available to handicapped children in the county and the additional services needed. A general finding was that few agencies considered the entire needs of the children, such as his physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Twenty recommendations were then listed for improving services, based on the principle of normalization. (CB)
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Authoring Institution: Howard County Commission for Handicapped Children, Ellicott City, MD.