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Page 6 of Kentucky Negro Educational Association Journal v.2 n.2

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present secretary-treasurer, will be candidates for re-election. The latter announcement met the ap- proval of the K. N. E. A. directors and president of the K. N. E. A. at a meeting in Louisville on Sat- urday, December 5, 1931. The Music Department of the K. N. E. A. will feature a contest among the various quartets of high schools in the state. Those schools which plan to bring a music organization for this pro- gram which is planned for Wed- nesday, April 13, are requested to -write Miss R. L. Carpenter or the K. N. E. A. secretary concerning their coming. Details will then be sent you about the type of song: etc. OUR CRIPPLED CHILDREN The problem of the crippled child is an extensive one, involv- ing the interests and necessitating the co-operation of many agencies. Briefly, it may be sub-divided under the four headings of: 1. Locating the crippled child. 2. Furnishing corrective treat- ment for the crippled child. 3. Educating the crippled child. 4. Placing the crippled child in his proper place in the community. The first of these needs calls for surveys and publicity to find the crippled child, prove to his parents the need for his examina- tion, and reveal to the public the number of crippled children in each community. The second calls for efficient hospitals, surgical, and after-care facilities, to give the crippled child as normal a body as possible. The third calls for recognition -on the part of the public and edu- cational agencies of the need Qf the crippled child for a specialized type of education, which cannot be gained through the regular public school system designed for normal children. It further calls for the establishment of special facilities within reach of all phy- sically handicapped children in the State. The fourth calls for the provision of vocational training. and psycho- logical study Ode every crippled child, with a view of making him a producer instead of a dependent. In Kentucky the work for crip- pled children has progressed along thoe first two lines a m o n g white children, same being spon- sored by the Kentucky Crippled Children Commission. However, there are a few colored childre- who are being cared for in the Red Cross Sanitarium at Louis- ville. Dr. W. T. Merchant, who is quite interested in this phase of work, has suggested to the K. N. E. A. the possibilities of a more extensive program along this line. Last year the various teachers of colored schools in Kentucky were asked to co-operate in the matter of locating the crippled child. A few responses were received, but in the main, the request. was not followed up. The K. N. E. A. sec- retary, therefore, suggests that teachers take a serious attitude in this matter and report to him the name of any colored crippled child, his address, and the nature of his affliction. A program sim- ilar to the one outlined above could be started. For detailed in- formation as to the possibilities of educating our colored crippled children, it is suggested that you communicate with Dr. W. T. Mer- chant, Red Cross Sanitarium, Lou. isville. Kentucky-The Editor. 6

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