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.
Jun 1, 2018
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Rochester, NY: NY State denies hundreds of special needs students services
Sept 14, 2017, (VIDEO) Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle: Watchdog: Crisis in special ed services for preschoolers leaves families scramblinghttp://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/investigations/2017/09/14/watchdog-crisis-special-ed-services-preschoolers-leaves-families-scrambling/620257001/Leilani's story encapsulates a crisis in early education in New York that has been brewing for years, leaving young children foundering when simple interventions could prepare them for success.
Hundreds of young children in Monroe County, and more across the state, are facing delays in receiving the early medical and educational interventions to which they're entitled, putting them at a developmental disadvantage and greatly increasing the chances they'll need more, costlier help later in life.
In the 2016-17 school year alone, nearly 400 3- and 4-year-olds in Monroe County were not evaluated for developmental delays within 60 days of their referral as required by law, according to local school district records. That is more than a quarter of all children who were referred and that number is almost certainly underreported….
The simplest explanation is that there are not enough special education teachers, speech pathologists and physical therapists to meet the demand.
OP ED, Contact NY legislators: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2017/09/14/you-listening-legislators-fix-special-ed-crisis/665647001/