Oct 22, 2018, Maitland (NSW) Mercury: The Hunter's first high school tailored for children with autism is being built https://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/5710063/school-plan-hits-high-gear/ The Hunter’s first high school tailored for children with autism is anticipated to open its doors early next year. For prominent developer Hilton Grugeon, the new facility will fill the gap for older students with autism in the Hunter region. … “It became obvious that there were a number of pupils who won’t be able to transition, and we just can’t leave them out there in limbo,” he said. “We had hoped we would be able to transition most of them so we now need the high school facility.” The Hunter school caters for more than 140 students from across the Hunter, Central Coast and Far North Coast regions of NSW. “This is the only specialist autistic school in the region,” Mr Grugeon said. … The school enrols children aged from three years and 10 months and from across the areas of Hunter Valley, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. “We are moving our middle school aged students over to the new facility which will provide more opportunities to enrol students in the primary school,” Ms Cheney said.
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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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