Tracy Christensen is a director of special education in North Dakota, but she's like everyone everywhere when it comes to the explosion in special needs kids. She's dealing with more and more disabled kids, but she's not alarmed. And why should she be? No official anywhere is in the least concerned about the explosion in disabled kids in every school district in America.
Read Christensen's explanation for all the sped kids. She's got all the talking points down...greater awareness, better communication, early recognition............and the numbers keep going up and up.
And of course the reporter doesn't ask pertinent questions.
No one is ever worried or demands to know what's happening. BUT, the cost are rising big time. These kids are costing individual school districts in the millions.
For years now I've felt that IT'S GOING TO BE THE COST OF AUTISM THAT MAKES US HONESTLY ADDRESS THE CAUSE OF AUTISM and all the other disabilities now taking away our children's normal development.
Seriously, the money that all these disabled students (and future dependent adults) will require from the taxpayers will wake everyone up to the scope of the damage. Despite all the evidence:
skyrocketing autism rate, explosion in special needs kids, government vaccine injury settlements, movies like "Vaxxed" and "Greater Good,"---nothing is going to matter like the impact of the sheer numbers of disabled.
I say, put all the numbers together. Look at what's happening in every school district in America and in other countries. Unfortunately, these are local stories, no big deal in the big picture.
BUT something is seriously wrong with our children.
July 8, 2017 Mitchell SD, Daily Republic: Mitchell, state see increase in special education students
There are more students than ever requiring special education in the Mitchell School District.
This year, the Mitchell School District had 449 special education students enrolled, which is an increase of 39 students from 2015-16. The district had 377 in the 2014-15 school year.
With growth comes the need for additional funding and finding resources for students with special needs, hurdles the Mitchell School District is already looking to overcome. …
"That's when we can no longer meet that student's individual needs. It might be a student with significant behavior challenges, or students that reach 18," Christensen said.
Students who are 18 years old and advance beyond high school can go into an adult service placement, such as Mitchell-based LifeQuest, which is also considered out-of-district, she said. The district is required to pay tuition to those agencies. …
The highest number of students had a specific learning disability at 6,846, while the second highest was a speech and language disorder with 4,293 students. The district with the most students requiring special needs was Sioux Falls with 3,788 students.
And Culhane said there won't be enough money to fund all requests from school districts in South Dakota,…
But as to why needs are greater, Christensen said she's not sure, but added it's reflective of communities.
"It's kind of a community," she said. "Community needs are greater, student needs are greater."
Christensen also attributes the increase in more early intervention programs, adding that more preschool educators are recognizing students who may be struggling. There's also more physician referrals.
"I would say there's an overall awareness that there's support out there for kids that appear to have a deficit in specific areas. There's more communication," Christensen said.
Christensen said she didn't have any parents calling 10 years ago wondering if their child has autism. But now, more parents are comparing their children to others, noticing differences in how their child is developing.
"Early intervention is key," Christensen said. "The earlier that we are able to add something to a child's development and to increase their developmental skills is great."
June 30, 2017, The Almanac (Pittsburgh) Watson Institute in South Fayette to expand
The Watson Institute recently announced its plans to expand its school in South Fayette Township.
The special education school will build a four-classroom addition to the southern wing of the building as well as open six classrooms on the second floor, for a total of 24 classrooms.
The school, which currently instructs 87 students and can hold up to 112, will increase its possible capacity by about 80 students.
The Watson Institute opened the South Fayette campus, its fourth school in the Pittsburgh area, in January to increase total enrollment, which now sits at approximately 500 students. Previously, students in the South Hills and in Washington County had to drive to one of its other locations in Sewickley, Pittsburgh or Sharpsburg. …
The Watson Institute serves students, ages 3-21, with a wide range of mental and physical needs, such as autism, neurological impairments, Down syndrome and serious emotional challenges. The schools also run on a similar schedule as local school districts.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.