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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.
Aug 5, 2019
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(UK) Dorset County Council sees $8.5M (U.S.) overspend; 67% SPED increase in six yrs
Aug 4, 2019, Bournemouth Daily Echo: Dorset Council predicts £7.1m overspend https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/17814657.dorset-council-predicts-7-1m-overspend/DORSET Council is forecast a £7.1 [$8.5M U.S.] million overspend on directly-controlled budgets and up to £5.5m for education.
But, if needed, the council says it will dip into its £28m reserve fund to ease the pressure while it works out what to do in the long-term.
Deputy council leader Peter Wharf said the authority would be best not to rush into knee-jerk reactions to the overspend but to take its time.
Cabinet members, meeting on Tuesday, heard much of the spending was down to social care – especially for children and an ever-growing number of pupils who have an education, health and care plan.
Education spokesman Andrew Parry said the number of plans had risen by 67 per cent since 2013, while at the same time the county has only received a seven per cent increase in Government funding. Just to start work on a plan costs £2,500 [$3K U.S.] per pupil.
He said there had not only been an increase in the number of pupils which the council was obliged, and wanted to help, but also a rise in the complexity….
Also costing more is support for children with special educational needs and disabilities, while the number of children taken into care to keep them safe from immediate risk of harm has also increased and now stands at more than 430, higher than comparable councils.
Some residential care placements for highly vulnerable children or those who might present a danger to themselves or to others cost between £3,000 and £8,250 per week, almost all out of the county, some of them hundreds of miles away. …