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The Panel noted that:

The number of children with developmental disabilities enrolled in special educational classes has been doubled over the past decade. In spite of this record, we are not yet meeting our existing requirements, and more such facilities must be provided. Less that 25 percent of our children with developmental disabilities have access to special education… Over 25 percent of those coming out of special classes still cannot be placed [in rehabilitation programs].

Between 1948 and 1958, the number of day and residential schools offering special education for children with developmental disabilities increased from 868 to 3,202, or about 270 percent. But the number of special classes in operation was still grossly inadequate.

… practically no programs exist which aid the adolescent or young adult with developmental disabilities in his transition from school to work and community living.

Every State now has special legislation and makes some contribution to the education of young people with developmental disabilities.

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