Thorborg Rappe

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Known forpioneer in the education of students with Intellectual disability

Ragnhild Thorborg Rappe (4 October 1832 18 September 1902), was a Swedish pedagogue and Baroness. Alongside Emanuella Carlbeck, she is counted as a pioneer in the education of students with Intellectual disability in Sweden. [1]

Emanuella Carlbeck Swedish pedagogue

Emanuella Ottiliana Carlbeck, was a Swedish pedagogue. She is counted as a pioneer in the education of students with Intellectual disability. She founded the first institution for people with Intellectual disability in Gothenburg in 1866. The institution included a school, a working home and an asylum for patients.

Intellectual disability Generalized neurodevelopmental disorder

Intellectual disability (ID), also known as general learning disability and mental retardation (MR), is a generalized neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significantly impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning. It is defined by an IQ under 70 in addition to deficits in two or more adaptive behaviors that affect everyday, general living.



Thorborg Rappe was born to the noble courtier Fredrik Rappe and Charlotta Danielsson, and related to Emmy Rappe, the pioneer of nursing education in Sweden. She was raised on the manor of her parents, and married her cousin baron Carl August Rappe (1828–77) in 1854. Until 1868, she lived on the manor of her spouse, but after the great famine of 1867-69, her spouse was ruined and had to sell his estate and work as a civil servant. After having been widowed in 1877, she moved to Stockholm.

Emmy Rappe Swedish noble

Emmy Carolina Rappe was a Swedish nurse and principal for a nursing school. She was the pioneer and founder of the Swedish nursing education. She was the first trained professional nurse and the first principal of the first nursing education in her country.

Swedish famine of 1867–1869

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From 1878 to 1891, she was the principal of the school for children with Intellectual disability in Stockholm, and from 1891 until her death manager of the home for females with Intellectual disability.

She was the author of the first Swedish book about the education of children with Intellectual disability, which became influential and was long used in Sweden.

In 1893, she was also the Swedish representative at the women's congress in Chicago.

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