§ Miss Margaret Jackson
My Department's view has long been that no handicapped child should attend a special school if his needs can be met by an ordinary school, and I am anxious to further this policy. It is not, however, at all easy to provide in ordinary schools the special facilities which some handicapped children require if they are to thrive and make good educational progress. The Vernon Committee on the Education of the Visually Handicapped in its 1972 report recommended that further systematic experiments should be carried out with the education of visually handicapped children in ordinary schools. The regional conferences on special education have had this recommendation 383W drawn to their attention, and I am now considering what more we can do to encourage experiments in the integration of the handicapped. I have no doubt that any such experiments would be welcomed by the Warnock Committee.