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
Mar 5, 2019
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***(Canada) Ontario: Teachers aren't trained to 'treat, teach or manage children with autism'
Mar 4, 2019,Toronto Star: Schools unprepared for influx of kids with autism, principals say
https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/03/04/schools-unprepared-for-influx-of-kids-with-autism-principals-say.html Most school staff aren’t trained to “treat, teach or manage” children with autism — and boards aren’t ready for an influx of students in a few weeks’ time when changes to the autism program come into effect, warn Ontario principals.
A letter to Education Minister Lisa Thompson from three organizations representing administrators in English, Catholic and French schools says “principals across the province are receiving calls and emails from parents whose children currently attend school for a small portion of the week ... while spending the majority of their time in community-based or” intensive behavioural therapy.
“With the significant reduction in funding for these families, these children will no longer have access to that therapy. As such, parents have begun to advise principals that, as of April 1, their children will need to attend school on a full-time basis, for significantly longer than they currently do.”
Without additional funding, “schools will not be able to meet the additional and/or more intensive learning, safety and behavioural needs of these vulnerable students,” says the letter from the Ontario Principals’ Council and their French counterpart ADFO, as well as the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario.
Changes announced last month by the Ford government are intended to clear a 23,000-child wait list for autism services, spreading funding to more families for therapies and services of their choosing. …
As of April 1, families will be eligible for up to $20,000 a year for each child under 6, to a lifetime maximum of $140,000, to be used for the services of their choice. Children older than that can access up to $5,000 a year up to age 18, to a lifetime maximum of $55,000. …