Planning special education provision in Queensland is presently hampered by the lack of realistic estimates of prevalence of various handicapping conditions. This study attempts to establish estimates of prevalence of mentally retarded, physically and sensorily handicapped students as a percentage of the total school age population.
The suggested levels are compared with international and national estimates, in order to lend support to the validity of the Queensland figures. The estimates are used to predict theoretical prevalence levels in selected regions and cities. In addition, a table of forward estimates of need is generated for the period 1983 to 1991.
Suggestions are made concerning the possible uses of the estimates as predictors and tools in systemic and regional planning.