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
Oct 3, 2020
2 min read
(UK) Surrey: Autism increases 32% in 4 yrs; $47M (U.S.) for special ed expansion
An investment for Surrey's children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are set to benefit from a much broader choice of schools and placements within Surrey following a decision to invest £36m [$47M U.S.] in widening specialist education provision.
This latest investment will create 213 additional specialist school places for the academic year 2021-22 and follows on from a decision by Cabinet in January 2019 to increase the specialist provision in mainstream specialist centres, special academies and maintained special schools in Surrey….
The proposals will increase the places available for secondary and post 16 aged children and young people who have social, emotional and mental health needs, communication and interaction needs, and cognition and learning needs.Over the past four years, Surrey has experienced a significant increase in the number of children and young people with complex Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Autism has grown by a third (32%), and there is a high demand for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) compared to other geographical areas.
Currently the specialist education sector in Surrey provides 770 specialist centre places in mainstream schools and 2698 special school places within the county. A further 1,285 children and young people who have EHCPs attend special educational provision outside of the county and in the independent sector. Three new free schools in Surrey will be up and running in the next 5 years, but as EHCP demand continues to grow, additional provision will still be required to meet demand while these new schools are being established.
The £36m investment is part of our much wider commitment to improving services for children and young people with SEND, which includes a new autism strategy, an improved single point of access helpline to provide learning support and advice, and a sustainable transport strategy to support independent travel.