Dec 31, 2018, WBTW TV, Myrtle Beach, FL: Mothers push for special needs school in Horry County https://www.wbtw.com/news/grand-strand/mothers-push-for-special-needs-school-in-horry-county/1680191745 SOCASTEE, SC (WBTW) - A group of Horry County parents are determined to find a building to use for a special needs school in the district. Summer Watts knows first hand what it takes to care for a special needs child, which is why she is pushing for the special needs school. "Unfortunately these kids are not normal, and I hate to say that because it kinda sounds bad, but their needs are not normal. They need special attention, they need special ways of learning and teaching; special care," Watts said. … The moms have told the district's director of special needs about their ideas, and they plan to bring it up in future school board meetings. "We can help bridge the gap between home and school for their benefit, so they get the most out of school," Holman said.
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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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