Aug 3, 2019, Buffalo (NY) Spectrum News: "Child with Autism" Signs Wanted, Village of Hamburg to consider https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2019/08/04/-child-with-autism--signs-wanted--village-of-hamburg-to-consider In the town of Hamburg, applications for the diamond-shaped signs that read 'Child with Autism Area' are rolling in. "It is a unique danger and parents of those children suffer a great deal of anxiety in caring for the kids with autism," said Town Supervisor James Shaw. He says a resolution was passed to allow the posting of such signs following a process that began 18 months ago. Signs for the blind, deaf and handicap already exist to curb injury, but many parents of autistic children are frustrated that the autism signs are not sanctioned by the state Department of Transportation. "The State Department of Transportation has issued an advisory opinion to towns and villages throughout the state of New York that such a sign is not appropriate because it does not alert motorist specifically to what kind of danger is posed by autistic children," said Shaw. Debbie Cordone is the founder of the Fantastic Friends of Western New York. Many members are raising autistic children. The town of Hamburg became the fourth municipality in Erie County to adopt the autistic signs. The village of Hamburg will have its own discussion on how they plan to tackle the issue next.
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.