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 16, 2019
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***(Ireland) Country sees 166% increase in SPED classes in eight yrs; 548 (2011) to 1,459 (2019)
June 15, 2019, (Ireland) Kildare FM Radio: 166% Increase In Special Classes In Ireland Since 2011https://kfmradio.com/news/15062019-1547/166-increase-special-classes-ireland-2011There are four special schools and 75 special classes within mainstream schools in Kildare….
This includes 6 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Early Intervention classes, 46 primary ASD classes and 15 ASD post primary ASD classes.
Nationally, 160 ASD special classes are expected to be established for the 2019/20 school year to meet demand. Currently, there is 1,459 special classes in Ireland, up from 548 in 2011….
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) co-ordinates the provision of education and support services to children with special educational needs including Autism, in consultation with the relevant education partners and the Health Service Executive (HSE).