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October 1932

A Survey of Sight-Saving Classes in the Public Schools of the United States.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;8(4):628-629. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820170148017

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This survey, conducted largely through questionnaires, sought to gather facts about the present status of sight-saving classes in the United States. Modeled after a "myope class" founded in London in 1908, the first sight-saving class in the United States was established at Boston in 1913. By the end of 1928, in the United States there were 319 such classes, attended by 4,465 pupils (averaging 14 to the class), in 87 communities in 21 states. Classes were lacking in the remaining 27 states and in the District of Columbia. The ideal ratio, providing special instruction for one handicapped child for each thousand of school population, has not been attained. With the possible exception of Ohio, the greatest deficiency in instruction of this type has been found in communities of less than 30,000 population and in rural communities.

In the selection of children suitable for instruction in sight-saving classes, nominations made by

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