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 25, 2019
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Washington DC: Bill introduced to help with "high costs" of special ed around US
Oct 22, 2019, Disability Scoop: Lawmakers Propose Extra Funds To Cover High Special Ed Costshttps://www.disabilityscoop.com/2019/10/22/lawmakers-propose-extra-funds-high-special-ed-costs/27336/?fbclid=IwAR2VoGSWRjxFA0K-eKURBPf2pvCyhviE-m2FL8BdMiBgtmFqC0jI8ley40U
School districts facing especially high costs to educate students with disabilities would get additional help under a new proposal in Congress.
A bill introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives offers up a path to extra money for schools with special education expenses that are three or more times the average cost per student.
Under the legislation known as the IDEA High Cost Pool Funding Act, or H.R. 4673, the federal government would kick in added support to states that establish pools to reimburse schools with expenses beyond the threshold.
Backers say the measure would help make up for the federal government’s failure to fully fund special education services.
“The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has helped children with disabilities receive the educational services and resources they need to be successful in school,” said Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., who introduced the bill along with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif. “Sadly, the federal government has never lived up to its commitments to provide schools and teachers with the resources required for all children to excel and live meaningful lives….
When the IDEA originated, Congress committed to covering 40 percent of the cost of special education services. But, according to the lawmakers behind the bill, that figure now stands at just 15 percent. As a result, states and localities must make up the difference.
“Across my district, I have repeatedly heard from educators that their budgets do not go far enough to help students with disabilities,” DeSaulnier said. “The federal government has a moral obligation to step in and help. Efforts like this one can help us fulfill our promise to provide a quality education to all children.”