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Michigan: SPED/autism continues to grow; it's better identification/support

Dec 12, 2017, MI State U. School of Journalism: Teachers unpack reasons behind increases in Special Ed enrollment http://news.jrn.msu.edu/2017/12/teachers-unpack-reasons-behind-increases-in-special-ed-enrollment/ Special education enrollment continues to increase across the nation as the number of students with autism grows. According to PowerSchool, a leading education technology platform, the 2015-2016 school year marked an increase in special education students between the ages of 6 and 21. This increase is the fourth of its kind in as many school years. “The increases are mostly attributed to the growing number of students identified as being on the autism scale,” the report reads, “as well as those categorized as having ‘other health impairments,’ including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.”... “I have noticed, especially with autism, it seems like every kid is being diagnosed with that,” Stinson said. “That and ADHD. I think a lot of it has to do with parents and using that as an excuse – like there’s something wrong with their child if he can’t do this or that. I see that as parents kind of enabling them.”… “It’s all about the testing and diagnostics,” she said. “It used to be you could accommodate students as a general education teacher. Now students with minor learning disabilities are being identified and given special support, whereas before teachers just worked with those students.” …