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March 6, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(10):701-702. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670360041019

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Education of Children Suffering from Defective Vision  The Council of British Ophthalmologists has issued an important report on the education of children having defective vision. It considers that special educational facilities are required for those for whom the ordinary school education is unsuitable; e. g., childrenwith progressive myopia, defective vision due to corneal opacities, or congenital abnormalities. Classes that give such facilities exist, and are termed by the board of education "schools for the partially blind." This term is undesirable, as it gives offense to parents and may leave a stigma detrimental to the child in after life. The term "myope class" is already in use, and connotes the purpose for which this form of education is designed. It has been found that the best interests of these children are served if such classes are held in association with elementary schools, because the oral teaching and physical exercises given in

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