President Trump Asks at Parent Teacher Listening Conference: "Have You Seen An Increase in Children with Autism?"
By Kim Stagliano
Yesterday, President Trump held a parent teacher listening conference. The full transcript is HERE. What caught our ear was the President's question to a special education teacher. Say what you will, President Trump has shown more interest in the reality of the autism epidemic than any President before him. Is it lip service? Time will tell. Katie Wright Tweeted earlier that her Mom, Suzanne Wright, tried more than a dozen times to get Michelle Obama, the former first lady, to talk about the autism epidemic, to no avail.
Neurodiversity had a stranglehold on the Obama administration. IACC has been a complete failure. And families are drowning.
Yesterday, an autism Mom wrote on Facebook that she was leaving her son in a mental health facility because of his raging autism. He could no longer live at home. She was heart broken. Bereft. THIS is the agony so many of us face. Not whether our kids will work at Apple or Microsoft.
So, have YOU seen an increase in autism? From the transcript:
- BAUMANN: Good morning, I’m Julie. I teach special education at a public school in New Jersey.
THE PRESIDENT: Very good. Thank you.
- QUENNVILLE: Hi, I’m Jane Quennville, and I’m a principal of a special-ed center in Virginia serving children ages five through twenty-two with autism and physical and medically fragile conditions.
THE PRESIDENT: How is that going?
- QUENNVILLE: Well --
THE PRESIDENT: Have you seen an increase in the autism with the children?
- QUENNVILLE: Yes, yes. In fact, our school has shifted its population -- saw more children with autism, definitely.
THE PRESIDENT: So what’s going on with autism? When you look at the tremendous increases, really, it’s such an incredible -- it’s like really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase. Do you have any idea? And you’re seeing it in the school?
- QUENNVILLE: Yes, I think -- I mean, I think the statistics, I believe, are 1 in 66, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism.
THE PRESIDENT: And now it’s going to be even lower --
- QUENNVILLE: Probably.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism.