July 24, 2019, ABC15, Florence, SC: Program aims to help students on autism spectrum in Florence One Schools https://wpde.com/news/local/program-aims-to-help-students-on-autism-spectrum-in-florence-one-schools FLORENCE, S.C. The Centers for Disease Control reports the rate of people diagnosed on the autism spectrum as one in 59. For All-4-Autism Executive Director Jessica Brown, making sure these kids are understood is personal. That's why she said she's excited for the center's partnership with Florence One Schools. The new program will offer support and resources for students on the spectrum at Sneed Middle and West Florence High Schools. … She said students who are zoned for other schools in the district will still have access to the program. "You just have to have an ASD (autism spectrum disorder) diagnosis," Brown explained. The new ASD resource program is one of several changes to special education in Florence One Schools, among them a new inclusive program, inclusive playgrounds, and other resources. Brown said she hopes this kind of program will spread and help one in 59 become more a part of things every day at school. …
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.