Dec 19, 2019, San Diego, CA, 98.1 Radio: Over 500 Stores and Malls Helped Kids with Autism Meet Santa https://sunny981sd.radio.com/blogs/aj-sara-in-the-morning/over-500-stores-and-malls-helped-kids-with-autism-meet-santa . . .This year, the charity Autism Speaks partnered with a group called Cherry Hill Programs that works with mall Santas. And over 500 stores and malls offered special events JUST for kids with autism. Over the past month, 582 shopping centers across the U.S. and Canada took part in about 750 events. A lot of them opened early to let parents with autistic kids come meet Santa before the general public got there. They also kept the lights dimmed and lowered their music to make sure kids with sensory issues were comfortable. The program is called Santa Cares. And they do similar events around Easter called Bunny Cares….
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.