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
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"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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(UK) Bristol: 'Damning watchdog report' on SPED; special needs children failed
Dec 23, 2020, BBC News: Bristol special needs children 'continue to be failed'
Children with special educational needs "continue to be failed" by Bristol City Council a year after a damning watchdog report, according to parents.
The authority apologised after mothers shared their struggles to get the right support for their children.
Mum Tammi Clark said there seemed to be "a systemic failure of communication".
Education director Alison Hurley admitted while they were "moving in the right direction", it could be some time before families noticed a difference.
The apology came as Bristol City Council reported on progress to address failings highlighted by the Ofsted and Care Quality Commission report in December last year, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.
The report, which looked into support offered to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) children in Bristol, raised "significant concerns" about the effectiveness of council staff, school leaders and the area's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
In response, the council and the CCG's issued a joint "statement of action" in March, setting out what would be done to address the five key areas of concern.
But mum Hayley Hemming told scrutiny councillors she had to fight for a needs assessment for her son and ended up paying £2,500 for it privately. …
The meeting heard that a new funding system for EHCP support should be in place by next academic year. …
Education director Alison Hurley added that a "family portal" was also being developed so parents, carers and children and young people can see "exactly where they are in the system and what needs to happen".
She said the council was "moving in the right direction" and had achieved or partly achieved nearly 90% of the milestones against the statement of action for July and November, but admitted it would be some time before families noticed a difference.