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.
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. John Stone, 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
Jun 11, 2019
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Eldora, IA: State training school for boys as young as 14 routinely uses restraint/seclusion
June 10, 2019, Des Moines (IA) Register: Iowa boy who was locked in seclusion testifies: 'I know I was crying a lot. I felt violated.'https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/06/10/iowa-teens-testify-we-were-locked-filthy-cells-juvenile-school/1382886001/An Iowa boy with mental disabilities was left in a device that kept him almost completely immobile for more than 4½ hours.
Other boys — some suicidal and as young as 14 — are routinely forced into isolation for weeks at a time in filthy cells that “smell like piss” and have nothing but a sink, toilet and a raised concrete platform to sleep.
Those are among the pieces of testimony presented last week in an ongoing federal trial challenging the constitutionality of Iowa’s treatment of troubled youth at the State Training School for Boys in Eldora. …
The federal civil trial in Des Moines is scheduled to continue through June 19. Executives of the Eldora school are expected to testify Monday, and other boys who attended the school are scheduled to testify later in the week.
The boy — now in another state facility that was not identified in court Friday — said he often spent as much as 23 hours a day in isolation at the facility in the two years he spent at the Eldora school. …
But Iowa officials say their actions are justified.The boys — sentenced to the school through court order following serious criminal and behavioral incidents — are often a danger to themselves, and sometimes the boys assault other students and the school’s staff, state representatives said.
Isolation and use of the “wrap” — a device that almost completely immobilizes the boys— are employed for protection and are within Iowa’s right, officials representing the state said in court or in depositions for the case.
Use of the wrap doubled from 89 times in 2015 to 178 times in 2017, state data presented in court Friday showed. And a point-in-time review in May 2017 showed that at least two-thirds of the school's students had been placed in isolation at least once, an increase from previous years.
The class action lawsuit was filed in 2017 by the congressionally chartered Disability Rights Iowa and a New York nonprofit called Children's Rights Inc. It does not seek monetary damages but, instead, asks the state to reform its future use of seclusion and restraints for the roughly 110 students who are at the school at any given time. …