Aug 26, 2017, Brisbane (Australia) Courier Mail: Autism: Queensland schools still expelling children despite review http://www.couriermail.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/autism-queensland-schools-still-expelling-children-despite-review/news-story/2f8de1775d1c9e82a7d68334922bfda8 QUEENSLAND students with a disability are still being suspended and excluded from schools in huge numbers, despite a landmark review recommending urgent changes.... Another mother is taking legal action after her son, diagnosed with ASD and other disabilities, bounced between different schools where he was allegedly repeatedly attacked and made to sit in an “exit chair” in class. ... It found short suspensions, up to 10 days, for students with a disability was growing and hit close to 7500 in 2015 with about another 1500 long suspensions and exclusions given out. … Autism Behavioural Intervention Queensland spokeswoman Sharon Horan said the number of children pushed into home schooling, distance education and repeatedly suspended because of behaviour linked to disability was unacceptable. She said some schools were turning away students with ASD or making it so difficult to enrol parents gave up. …
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Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless.
UK media editor, Age of Autism
The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.
They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
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