Sept 21, 2018, KBZK, Bozeman, MT: Community dinner puts focus on special education, disabled needs in Bozeman https://kbzk.com/news/local-news/2018/09/21/community-dinner-puts-focus-on-special-education-disabled-needs-in-bozeman/ About 80 people attended a community dinner on disabilities with legislative candidates at Eagle Mount Wednesday evening. The event was organized by The Arc of Montana and Bozeman Special Education Parent Teacher Association. Main topics of conversation were how to reduce the waitlist for those seeking essential services through Medicaid waivers and extending educational opportunities for 18-21-year-olds. President of the Bozeman Special Education PTA, Aly Ball, says 1 in 10 Montanans are disabled. “We’re a huge constituent group and I think they were really glad to hear from us,” said Ball. “I think it opened their eyes too. We definitely heard from some that they didn’t know these things and now they’re going in with information and a place to start from.” More community dinners like this one are being planned for around the state.
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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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