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Pediatric AIDS, Developmental Disabilities, and Education: A Review

NCJ Number
AIDS Education and Prevention Volume: 1 Issue: 4 Dated: (Winter 1989) Pages: 291-302
L M Klindworth; P R Dokecki; A A Baumeister; F D Kupstas
Date Published
12 pages
The increasing incidence and prevalence of HIV infection and associated morbidity among infants and children suggests that HIV-related neurological impairments and accompanying developmental disabilities are likely to present major problems for society.
Thus, the education community must prepare to address pediatric AIDS as a complex bioecological problem that involves many theoretical and pragmatic issues. Among the most important of these are issues associated with the variable course and multi-determined nature of the development of children with HIV infection. Another important set of issues are the educational and public policy issues associated with HIV-related disabilities. Currently, the lack of collaboration and cooperation at all governmental levels in providing an adequate continuum of services for children with HIV is a major problem. Efforts to address this problem must overcome the barriers and conflicts resulting from current institutional procedures, differences in personal values, limited resources and established allocation patterns, and the particular circumstances of individual areas targeted for efforts. Figure and 42 references. (Author abstract modified)


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