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
Jun 24, 2019
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(Ireland) AUTISM is "massive strain" Cork principals tell Minister of Ed
June 21, 2019,Echo Live: Cork principals: ‘Cork one of worst regions for autism educational support https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-principals-Cork-one-of-worst-regions-for-autism-educational-support-99f85822-696f-4489-aad2-e837783f91c7-dsA GROUP of Cork principals have met with the Minister for Education to raise concerns surrounding the lack of autism support in the region.
The principals, who formed a group eight years ago to advocate for more support for children with special needs in Cork, say the region is one of the worst in Ireland for services.
Rhodri Mears, principal of the Educate Together school in Midleton and a member of the group, described the situation as a crisis. …
“Even though no commitment was given, the door is open for further discussion whilst conversations take place among stakeholders to get a clearer picture as to why the issues in Cork in relation to autism is in such a crisis and in urgent need of attention,” added Mr Mears….
“Some of our most vulnerable children are in need for help and we intend to fight to ensure we can aid them.”…
Mr Mears said that despite the fact the principals in Cork have been voicing their concerns for eight years or more, things have actually gotten worse. “The pressure schools and parents find themselves under to find a place for children with special needs is getting worse,” he added.
“Cork has the biggest waiting lists for special needs school places and has the biggest ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) population in Ireland.
“It’s clear that the services here were never built to deal with this demand and there’s a need for major reform. “We’re in the midst of a crisis where children are waiting on assessments of needs and supports and they could be waiting three years.” …
Meanwhile, Anne Hartnett, principal of St Paul’s special needs school in Montenotte, has revealed that the school has 29 children on its waiting list for this September but can only offer places to six of them.
“We are full to capacity and have been since I joined St Paul’s as a teacher in 1997,” she said. …
Morning Star NS opened its own Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) facility in 2013 with one class of six students.
The school now boasts three special needs classes and one early intervention class for three to five-year-olds, with a maximum of six pupils per class.
“The demand for places is massive,” said Mr Deasy.
“Every school has waiting lists and parents are ringing all the time seeing if there is a place for their child.”
Karen O’Mahony of the Rainbow Club, an autism charity in Cork, told The Echo that parents are panicking ahead of this September due to the lack of school places available in Cork for children with special needs.
“I know there is a two-year waiting list for some special needs schools in Cork.
“Some local schools are trying to add more rooms to their services and add more capacity,” she added.
“They’re under massive strain.” …