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
Nov 16, 2019
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Canton, CT: New day school for "growing subset of students of special services"
With a growing subset of students in need of special services, the Fresh Start School at the FOCUS Center for Autism, in Canton, was feeling squeezed.
“We had to turn down some kids,” said Donna Swanson, who founded the nonprofit with her husband, Fred Evans, in 2000.
That’s less of an issue today, as the Fresh Start School - which provides a full day of school for children who have been pulled from their local schools - has found a nearby space that allows them to say yes to more who might need that service….
The nonprofit has also added a new van, which lets it take more students out on trips into the community….
As the nonprofit approaches its 20th anniversary in 2020, they said they are continuing to adapt to what’s new. That includes offering yoga once a week and more activities, like visiting the Storyteller’s Cottage in Simsbury….