Nov 22, 2019, Leinster Leader: Kildare mum starts petition over lack of secondary school places for children on autism spectrum https://www.leinsterleader.ie/news/home/496070/kildare-mum-starts-petition-over-lack-of-secondary-school-places-for-children-on-autism-spectrum.html A shortage of school places for children on the autism spectrum in the local secondary school in Prosperous has prompted the creation of an online petition which was launched this week. The petition calls on the Minister of Education Joe McHugh to immediately provide for a number of Prosperous children who have been refused a place in their local secondary school, St Farnan’s, due to a lack of space. … "Neither Tony nor his two friends have secured a place yet in a secondary school. We have been told there's no place to be had in Kildare. We have sent in applications to the local schools with the ASD unit attached and were refused as no places are available next year. "This includes Prosperous, Naas and Celbridge. To no avail - we cannot get a place. So what is my son to do?” Lisa asked. “Does his education suddenly stop? "He is entitled to a school place just like every other child here in Ireland, but sadly that’s not so. All across Kildare and other counties there are lack of school places. Why is this? "I don’t hold any teacher or principal responsible for this crisis, I hold the Department of Education responsible. … "This is absolutely not the fault of St Farnan's," he emphasised. "The minister needs to ensure local schools can meet local need."…
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.