Nov 29, 2018, Libertyville (IL) Patch: Grants to Fund Innovative New D70 Programs https://patch.com/illinois/libertyville/grants-fund-innovative-new-d70-programs A new sensory/motor room for students with autism and making stress ball to give to others to show compassion are among the programs. More than 50 Libertyville Elementary District 70 teachers and staff members have been awarded Partners for Excellence in Education grant monies this year to enhance education through innovative and creative new programs in their classrooms. Twenty-eight grants totaling more than $10,000 were awarded to progressive teachers in all five schools. There were a record number – 53 applications for the grants, school officials said. … This year's grants will go to fund such programs as students making stress balls, worry dolls and blankets to give to others to show compassion, creating a sensory/motor room for students with autism, buying alternative seating for the classroom, having an entire school read the same book, creating a free book lending library, learning how to play Spikeball, bringing robotics to STEAM, improving reading and augmented reality. …
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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
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