Oct 25, 2018, LoHud (NY): Shrub Oak International School for students on the autism spectrum opens in Yorktown https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/yorktown/2018/10/25/yorktown-shrub-oak-international-school-autism-opens/1699494002/ A new private school for people with autism has opened at the former Loyola Seminary property, with tuition starting at $124,000 annually. The Shrub Oak International School, perched on a 127-acre hilltop campus at 3151 Stony St., expects to enroll 40 students by year’s end and has capacity for up to 390 students. … Construction of equestrian stables… Students from Saudi Arabia, Qatar While the for-profit school’s currently enrolled students are from the U.S., it has also signed up students who will be coming from as far as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bangladesh. “We are looking to have a substantial international population,” said Dianne Zager, the head of the school. … About 1-in-59 children were identified as being on the autism spectrum and more people than ever are being diagnosed, … Aside from the $124,000 annual tuition for day students, five-day-a-week boarding students will pay $221,500 and seven-day-a-week boarders will pay $254,000. …
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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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