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DR. SAMUEL A. KIRK, 92, regarded as the father of special education _ a term he coined in 1963 _ died July 21 at his retirement home in Tucson, Ariz. For 60 years Dr. Kirk wrote on many aspects of mental retardation learning disorders and was responsible for many innovations in diagnosis, training and social policy. His most influential pronouncement was a speech he delivered to an education conference in 1963, when he coined and defined the term "learning disabilities." The speech had a galvanizing effect on his profession and social policy. In 1964, he persuaded the White House and Congress to begin providing financing to train teachers to provide the expert help such children needed.

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