Mar 2, 2019, Gloversville (NY) Leader-Herald: Autism identification card released http://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2019/03/autism-identification-card-released/ ALBANY — The launch of the state’s Autism/Disability ID Card Program has been announced by state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara as part of his Autism Action Plan in a news release. In its first week more than 2,000 cards reportedly have been requested. The card is unique and easily recognizable throughout the state, replacing locally issued identification and the homemade notes that many have relied on in the past. A companion bill in Santabarbara’s Autism Action Plan created New York’s Autism Training Program last year for law enforcement and first responders, who will now also be trained to recognize the card and the important information it contains. …
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.