Nov 2, 2019, Tipperary Live: Nenagh takes a step closer to becoming an autism friendly town https://www.tipperarylive.ie/news/home/490417/nenagh-takes-a-step-closer-to-becoming-an-autism-friendly-town.html Nenagh has taken a another step forward in its bid to become an autism friendly town after a second meeting to form a committee for Make Nenagh an Autism Friendly Town was held in Nenagh Arts Centre…. Clonakilty is Ireland’s First Autism Friendly town and in order to acquire this designation a town has to go through a robust accreditation process. Clonakilty had to engage and train 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations, train 50% of public services, 50% of school communities, 50% of healthcare professionals, three employers and reach and engage 25% of the town’s population and develop a three-year Autism Friendly town plan. The committee members in Nenagh are looking forward to working with the community, groups, public services, schools, HSE and other agencies to make this happen.
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.