July 25, 2019, ABC33/40, Birmingham, AL: Walker County first responders receive autism training https://abc3340.com/news/local/walker-county-first-responders-receive-autism-training JASPER, Ala. — As the parent of an autistic child, each day for Sloan Sides is a challenge. "It's constantly go, go, go." Her daughter, Grey Brown, shows no signs of the autism which has come to define both of their lives. On Thursday, they both were at the Jasper Civic Center as first responders from across Walker County received training on how to interact with autistic persons. … "I didn't really have any of this information and I think it's important that we start training officers and first responders." Chandler explained the sensory challenges which make interactions with police different than with other people. …
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.