Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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he importance of education in American Society is regarded by many as a concern for a child’s total personality and not just with his absorption of specific information. Our public schools are the basic institutions through which democratic principles are maintained and improved among our people. An institution which deals with such important principles, with so much money and so many people is bound to be faced with many problems. However, one of the problems most difficult to solve has been the education of the exceptional child. Among those included as exceptional children are the blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard-of-hearing, mentally retarded, gifted, speech handicapped, orthopedically handicapped, and those with special health problems. For them some form of special educational service is required. This problem becomes even greater when it is narrowed down to the field of exceptional children who are non-ambulatory. A non-ambulatory child may be defined as one who can be educated or can continue his education but due to illness or accident is, upon the advice of his physician not permitted to leave his sick bed or his home. Educating the non-ambulatory child calls for different teaching methods, materials and equipment. This particular study will deal with non-ambulatory students and one method of their education in the South Dakota Public schools between the years 1952-1956. Despite the wide sue of the Inter-Communication System in other states, its use in South Dakota Schools has been limited. It is the purpose of this study to evaluate, by means of a questionnaire, the use of the Inter-Communication System in South Dakota for the education of such students.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Children with disabilities -- Education -- South Dakota


Includes bibliographical references



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South Dakota State University


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