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West Ham 1946

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

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ordinary curriculum without detriment to its sight or to its
educational development but can be educated by special methods
involving the use of sight. The Authority has made no direct
arrangement for the education of blind and partially-sighted
children, but where possible, arrangements are made for these
children to be admitted to residential or day special schools
conducted under other auspices. The following figures relate to
work carried out in connection with blind and partially-sighted
children during the year:
BLIND
Number ascertained during the year 2
Disposal of ascertained cases:
Admitted to Residential Special Schools 2
Number in Residential Special Schools at end of
year 12
PARTIALLY-SIGHTED
Number known to the Authority 38
Number ascertained during the year 28
Disposal of ascertained cases:
Admitted to day special schools 2
Admitted to residential special schools 1
To remain in ordinary schools, with suitable modification
of the normal educational regime 25
Position at the end of the year:
In day special schools 4
In residential special schools 7
Number in ordinary schools 27
(c) DEAF AND PARTIALLY-DEAF CHILDREN. A deaf
child is defined as one who has no hearing or whose hearing is so
defective that it requires education by methods used for deaf
children without naturally acquired speech or language. A
partially-deaf child is one whose hearing is so defective that it
requires for its education special arrangements or facilities but
not all the educational methods used for deaf children. It is
interesting to note here that meningitis as a cause of deafness
has become prominent of recent years, and 6 West Ham and
2 extra district children are in the day special school on this
account. The following figures relate to work carried out in
connection with deaf and partially-deaf children during the year:
Number ascertained during the year (deaf) 2
Number ascertained during the year (partially-deaf) 3
Disposal of ascertained cases:
Admitted to day special schools (deaf) 2
In ordinary schools (partially-deaf) 3
80


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