July 7, 2018, (UK) Columbus Dispatch Leader: Thousands Of Children Not Receiving Aid For Special Education http://www.leaderdispatch.com/thousands-of-children-not-receiving-aid-for-special-education New York: Thousands of children attending New York public schools never received obligatory services for special education in 2016 In the New York school system, roughly 200,000 individual students receive personalized plans for their education, receiving services for issues such as emotional disturbance problems, general learning disabilities, and speech impairments…. A report issued by the city revealed that the percentage of students categorized as having fully received necessary services during the school year had increased (59 percent in 2015 to 73 percent in 2016). Although this is a considerable improvement, the figure still means that over 40,000 students did not fully receive required services, meaning they only received partial services or no services whatsoever…. The report revealed that roughly 4,500 vouches – nearly half of the 9,000 issued during 2015-2016 – were not used, partially due to the lack of qualified therapists in certain areas of the city….
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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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