Aug 14, 2018, Brownstown (IN) Tribune: Brownstown first school corporation in state to earn asthma-friendly designation http://www.tribtown.com/2018/08/14/brownstown-first-school-corporation-in-state-to-earn-asthma-friendly-designation/ Brownstown Central Community School Corp. has set a precedent in terms of being able to help students and staff members with asthma. It’s the first school district in the state to complete the Indiana Asthma-Friendly School Program, a voluntary award opportunity that acknowledges schools with exceptional asthma management programs…. To earn the designation, a school district must have policies and procedures in place allowing students to manage their asthma. … Jackson, Fountain and Perry counties were targeted for high rates of asthma among school-aged children and emergency room visits related to the respiratory condition. The CDC said, on average, about three children in a classroom of 30 are likely to have asthma; nearly 1 in 2 children with asthma miss at least one day of school each year because of their asthma; and each year, asthma causes more than 10 million missed days of school. … Schools completing the program in Indiana are awarded either a bronze, silver, gold or platinum designation of being asthma-friendly The school nurses also have to ensure all students with asthma have action plans in place. McKinney said Brownstown has around 160 students in kindergarten through 12th grade with asthma, which is 7.6 percent of the corporation’s enrollment….
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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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