Dec 31, 2018, Crystal Lake (IL) Northwest Herald: District 47 to open new center for special education students https://www.nwherald.com/2018/12/29/district-47-to-open-new-center-for-special-education-students/agdhtux/ Students in the Adjusted Learning program at Bernotas Middle School soon will have an opportunity to learn and practice essential life skills, such as cooking, laundry and personal care, in the school’s new Life Skills Development Center. Funded through a $1.3 million federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act grant over the past two years, … and it is fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Adjusted Learning program provides individualized educational opportunities for students in grades K-8 whose needs cannot be met within a general education environment. There are eight students in the Adjusted Learning program at Bernotas (sixth to eighth grades) and 21 students in the Adjusted Learning program at Glacier Ridge Elementary School (kindergarten through fifth grade). …
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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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