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May 21, 1955

THE HOMEBOUND CHILD

Author Affiliations

New York

From the Bureau for Handicapped Children of the New York City Department of Health and the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the New York University-Bellevue Medical Center.

JAMA. 1955;158(3):158-160. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960030008003

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Abstract

In a highly urbanized area many types of medical care and educational opportunities exist for the handicapped child. Medical care is provided traditionally by the practicing physician and in outpatient and inpatient services of hospitals and convalescent institutions. Education is provided in regular and special classes in public schools, in a few special schools, in hospitals and convalescent institutions, and by the assignment of special teachers for the homebound child. In some communities, the medical and educational resources for the school-aged child are well coordinated; in other communities they are poorly or not at all coordinated, so that the needs of handicapped children are inadequately met.

THE NEW YORK CITY "PILOT" PROGRAM FOR the ORTHOPEDICALLY HOMEBOUND CHILD  There are two major groups of handicapped children in New York City receiving home instruction from teachers provided by the New York City Board of Education—800 children with a primary diagnosis of an

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