From the "Make them, break them and forsake them" files... We'll be seeing this in America soon. Districts collapsing under the costs and training required to service the autism population. Adult programs wholly unprepared for the behaviors of autism. Employers unsure of how to manage Asperger's and HFA in the workforce. The world will NOT bend like a blade of grass to autism.
By Anne Dachel
There is an important story from Australia about how Senator Pauline Hanson spoke out in Parliament calling for the removal of some children with autism from regular education classrooms. All the major papers in Australia and Britain have the story. The BBC also mentioned that "in March, Ms Hanson made comments advocating the discredited theory which links vaccines with autism. She later apologised only for suggesting that parents subject their children to a non-existent test for vaccine allergies."
Hanson said she'd been approached by parents and teachers about the problem of having teachers' attention focused on the needs of autistic students in the classroom; she pointed to falling educational standards in Australian schools.
"I think that we have more autistic children, and yet we are not providing the special classrooms or the schools for these autistic children. ...We have to consider the impact that is having on other children in that classroom. ....Other kids in other countries who are going ahead leaps and bounds ahead of us, and unless we keep up a decent educational standard in this country, we will keep going further backwards and backwards. ...."
Hanson came under immediate attack for her "segregationist" remarks. Seen the stories below.
This is more evidence that worldwide, autism will never be seen as a problem, no matter what the cost or how bad the numbers Years of April Autism Awareness blue lights have taught us that we just need to accept autism as part of the human condition. We should accommodate those affected and pretend that it's always been like this.
And keep in mind that, much like the U.S., autism isn't seen as a problem in Australia. Look at the SBS.com piece from March 2017 entitled, "Why a 42 per cent increase in autism diagnoses is no cause for alarm."
Here's coverage from the last two days. Not one news source said a word about the dramatic increase in the number of affected kids in Australia's schools.
Also see my two attachments about stories from the last two months, SPECIAL ED COSTS and Special ed stories on the dramatic increase in special education students and cost in America. Not one news source asked why we have more and more of these students in this country. More evidence of how we've quietly surrendered to the loss of healthy children. No one dares to suggest that something is wrong.
Senator Hanson told the Senate on Wednesday that she was supporting the federal government's Gonski 2.0 school funding plan because she feared education standards were plummeting, citing poor maths results and the Safe Schools program.
But it was comments she made about students with autism that has enraged the disability sector and ignited Twitter. …
"We can't afford to hold our kids back: we have the rest of the world and other kids in other countries who are going ahead [in] leaps and bounds ahead of us," Senator Hanson said.
June 22, 2017, BBC News: Australian politician criticised for remarks about autism
Controversial Australian politician Pauline Hanson is facing calls to apologise for suggesting students with autism be removed from classrooms.
Her comments were widely criticised by government MPs, the opposition and disability rights advocates.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is close to passing A$23.5b (£14b; $18b) in extra funding to Australian schools.
But to pass legislation he will rely on the support of Ms Hanson, who leads the anti-immigration One Nation party.
"These kids have a right to an education, by all means, but, if there are a number of them, these children should go into a special classroom and be looked after and given that special attention," Ms Hanson said on Wednesday night. …
In March, Ms Hanson made comments advocating the discredited theory which links vaccines with autism. She later apologised only for suggesting that parents subject their children to a non-existent test for vaccine allergies.
Why a 42 per cent increase in autism diagnoses is no cause for alarm
VIDEO: June 22, 2017, Sydney Morning News: Pauline Hanson's autism comments come up against war of silence
It arose after the awkwardly spoken leader of Pauline Hanson's One Nation party suggested children with the disorder might be taught separately from other children – so as to not hold the main group back.
Hanson's comments on Wednesday caused offence among some professionals and, most particularly, parents of autism-affected children.
June 22, 2017 Collie Mail (Aus.) : I will not back down - Pauline Hanson remains defiant on autism segregation
Notice on the video: “I think we have more autistic children, and yet we are not providing the special classrooms or the schools for these autistic children…”
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has repeatedly refused to condemn Pauline Hanson's comments students with disabilities should be segregated from mainstream classrooms, while the One Nation leader remained defiant against calls for an apology.
With the Gonski deal hanging in the balance, Senator Birmingham refused to renounce or even mention Senator Hanson's name, when questioned on the issue during question time on Thursday.
And Senator Hanson would not be cowed, facing down repeated calls for her to apologise, while maintaining she was right, blaming political opponents and the media for the backlash, saying she had been taken out of context.
She continued to speak about segregation as the best answer for both children with disabilities and other students, while denying she had advocated segregation.
June 22, 2017, The New Daily (Aus.): ‘What have I said that’s offensive?’: Pauline Hanson won’t apologise to autistic students"
Despite her speech drawing widespread condemnation from disability advocates and education experts, Senator Hanson said teachers and parents had contacted her to say thank you.
“We have to debate these issues. There is a problem in our society. Parents know it, teachers know it,” she said.
“But if you raise anything in this country that is considered taboo by just a few of those on the left, we are not going to find the answers that we need.”
Aly said there were more effective solutions than separating autistic children such as aides.
'There's an easy way around this. The underlying thing — and this goes for what Pauline Hanson's talking about as well — there are very easy fixes for a lot of these sorts of things,' he said.
June 21, 2017, Eureka Street (Australia): Hanson's autism comments miss the value of diversity
The mood was subdued at the gates of our small Catholic primary school at 3:30 pm on Wednesday. Ten per cent of our school's students have an autism diagnosis, and for their parents who had read Pauline Hanson's comments to the Senate that afternoon, those familiar feelings — dismay at the ignorance and lack of empathy of some people, worry for the future, and defiant pride in their diverse children — had been activated yet again.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.