chapter  IX
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Adults with Special Needs

For reasons of space this chapter will be concerned mainly with three groups, the physically handicapped, the mentally disordered, and the elderly. The provision of services for these groups illustrates many of the main problems inevitable in a changing society like ours; a society bound by the chains of history expressed in legislation which is often outdated or administratively unwieldy. These three groups have been selected because they are groups for which local authorities have some legislative responsibility conferred upon them. The administration of this legislation is under-

elderly and the physically and mentally handicapped smce the welfare provision for the elderly remains permissive, until the Minister directs otherwise.