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(Canada) Nova Scotia: "Kids diagnosed with [ASD] has increased by 30 per cent since 2008"

May 23, 2017, (Canada) Global News: How education became a key issue in the Nova Scotia election http://globalnews.ca/news/3467724/how-education-became-a-key-issue-in-the-nova-scotia-election/ One teacher talked about having 30 students with vastly differing abilities jammed into an obsolete laboratory designed to hold about 20 students. Meanwhile, the committee looking into the province’s inclusion policy for students with special needs is expected to submit a report next month — after the election. That issue has touched a raw nerve with many teachers, some loudly complaining they need help to deal with students with a wide range of mental, physical, behavioural and learning challenges. While no teachers appear to be calling for a return to segregating students with special needs, some have come forward to suggest inclusion isn’t working because teachers don’t have the resources they need. … Meanwhile, the Education Department has said about 20 per cent of Nova Scotia’s 118,000 students need some form of curriculum support, while about five per cent require a so-called individual program plan, a proportion that is in line with other Canadian jurisdictions. As well, Autism Nova Scotia has said the number of kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has increased by 30 per cent since 2008. The teachers union is calling for more psychologists, guidance counsellors and resource teachers. …