By Anne Dachel
Ever since Simpsonwood (the secret meeting of CDC, FDA, British Health Ministry, federal scientists and pharma people in June 2000 where they discussed the link between mercury-containing vaccines and the explosion in neurological problems in kids) the official explanation for the decline of our childrenhas been one of reassurance. Parents are routinely told that nothing is really wrong. They’re told the dramatic increase in learning problems/neurological disorders is merely greater awareness and better diagnosing—experts just used to miss these kids or label them as something else.
Nineteen years ago officials were already seeing the connection between vaccines and speech delays, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and autism, but the aim of that meeting was not to address what was happening, but to figure out how to cover it up.
And for two decades officials have stuck to the script. More and more kids with disabilities is never a crisis (officially the word CRISIS is never used in connection to the ever-increasing autism rate). We celebrate autism every spring with April Awareness Month. Health officials have remained dumbfounded by the puzzling disorder. Is the rate the result of better diagnosing/greater awareness or is it really going up? We may never know. Officials have never acknowledged a real increase in the autism rate.
In truth, the meeting goers at Simpsonwood had every right to be concerned. The increase in the number of mandatory vaccinesafter the U.S. government indemnified the vaccine makers and doctors in 1986 was affecting children worldwide. The effects went way beyond the short list of neurological problems discussed in 2000. Modern children were rapidly becoming the generation of the sick and disabled. Chronic health problems like seizure disorders, asthma, life-threatening allergies, bowel disease, diabetes and more were becoming commonplace in children, along with behavior problems and mental health issues.
More vaccines were added year by year to the childhood schedule, and year after year our kids became more disabled.
The disinterest of the media
Since January 2017 I’ve been collecting stories from all over on what’s happening. I barely touch on what’s out there in the press, yet I have over 5,000 news reports.
The figures I’m seeing on a daily basis are the undeniable truth. Incredibly, there is pathetically little effort being made to explain why these things are happening. We’ve come to the point where we just have to accept the situation.
That should surprise no one. Any thinking person back in 2000who understood the full scope of things could have predicted the future we’re living today:
Children would become more and more dysfunctional, and schools would have to provide for them. Special education would become the costliest part of school budgets. Behavior issues would have to be addressed by school officials. Everywhere districts would have to partner with outside mental health providers for help. New and innovative ways would have to be devised to educate these students. Things like sensory rooms/gardens, restraint and seclusion, alternative seating, and therapy dogs would be universally added to schools. Regular edkids would start to display some of the same behaviors found in children on the autism spectrum.
More special schools would have to be built for children who couldn’t be accommodated in mainstream schools. And school districts would struggle to pay for it all with no end in sight.
We now understand that today’s chronically ill/learning disabled student is the new normal. It’s not a secret. The media tells us about it every day. And trust me, it’s only going to get worse, and no one is ever going to care.
Here is just a sample of recent reports.
The Children's Commissioner has backed calls for Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to act over the region's "crisis-hit" education system. …
In a report published on Monday, the committee concluded that in the two-and-a-half-year absence of devolved government a growing funding crisis has resulted in unmanageable pressures on school budgets.
It found that the rising number of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) is a key driver of the trend.
The committee concluded that Northern Ireland's schools urgently need more money to address the growing pressures….
Additionally, many schools have struggled to provide support to the growing number of students with Send, who require dedicated support….
July 23, 2019, (UK) Eastern Daily Press: Norfolk teachers punched, scratched and hit with chairs and stationery by pupils
Teachers in Norfolk have had chairs and scissors thrown at them and been injured during assaults by pupils, a survey reveals.
The National Education Union (NEU) polled almost 300 teachers in the county and found three-quarters (74pc) had been abused or assaulted at work in the past year, with two-thirds being sworn at or verbally abused and one-third being punched, hit or pinched….
"There are huge mitigating factors including austerity and security of money and food which can contribute to children showing increasingly violent and aggressive behaviour….
July 30, 2019, July 30, 2019, KOLD13, Tucson, AZ: New school brings more autism resources to Tucson
Parents in southern Arizona say resources for students with autism can be hard to come by and that’s why they’re excited about a new school in Tucson.
Regional Director Shawn Davis said the chain of private schools received a lot of phone calls and messages from parents asking them to expand to southern Arizona. She said that’s a reflection of how limited resources can be for parents who have children with autism, including herself. Davis has a son with autism and said she faced struggles at traditional schools. …
Davis said the school is designed to serve students with autism, catering to their specific needs through such features as a sensory room.
July 30, 2019, ABC13 News: School for students with Autism to open in Roanoke this year
Centra, a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Lynchburg, is opening its 2nd Rivermont School location in Roanoke which will be dedicated to serving students with autism and other developmental disabilities. … “
…We are so pleased to be able to expand these services in the Roanoke Valley,” said Brian Summo, Roanoke principal.
July 31, 2019, (Ireland) Irish News: Vulnerable children 'exposed to distress, anxiety and pushed towards self-harm'
VULNERABLE young people are being exposed to distress, anxiety and pushed towards self-harm, families have warned.Parents said processes for children with special educational needs were causing "physical and emotional harm" .A recently-formed group this week brought its concerns to the Department of Education.
The number of children with SEN in schools has risen by almost 30,000 in a decade and a half. Almost one in every four pupils now has SEN, with a handful of schools educating 200 or more children.
Experts say the massive increase is partly due to earlier and better identification.In addition, the department has a policy of inclusion, which has seen many more pupils having their needs met in mainstream settings.
Unions argue, however, that teachers are not equipped to give children with increasingly complex needs what they require.Now, a group called SEN Equity has presented survey findings to department Permanent Secretary Derek Baker….
The findings showed almost half claimed there was no dedicated support for their child in school. Many also said the statements detailing their children's needs were wrong.
Aug 2, 2019, Iowa City (IA) Press Citizen: 'Nothing changed': Movement to change rules around seclusion rooms faces setback
A movement to place more restrictions on how Iowa educators use seclusion rooms faced a setback Thursday. The Iowa State Board of Education voted against proposed changes to the portion of the Iowa Code governing how schools restrain and seclude students. The board will reconsider changing the code again this academic year, after holding regional meetings for more feedback in the fall. The changes were pushed by critics who argue that seclusion rooms are used in ways that are harmful and disproportionately affect students of color and students with disabilities. …
Aug 3, 2019, (UK) NI Belfast Live: Autism teacher training petition signed by almost 10,000 https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/autism-teacher-training-petition-signed-16552028
Thousands have signed a petition calling for teachers across Northern Ireland to have mandatory autism training.
Around one in 30 children here are living with autism with the vast majority (78%) in mainstream education. The charity, which is behind the petition, is calling for urgent action from decision makers.
“Many of our teachers in Northern Ireland feel overwhelmed with the lack of training and resources they are given to teach autistic children,” added Ms Boyd.
“We are therefore calling for the Department of Education to introduce mandatory autism training for all teaching staff within mainstream schools.”…
Ulster Teachers Union has also supported the call for mandatory funded training for members. “As Northern Ireland teachers cope with a growing number of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder we fear students are losing out on their education because schools just don’t have the support to cope,” said Jacquie White, General Secretary of the Ulster Teachers’ Union. …
Aug 4, 2019, Torrington (CT) Register Citizen: Wendy Lecker: Strategy overdue for special education
In 2017, the Connecticut School Finance Project, a lobby group that previously pushed a money-follows-the-child school funding scheme, was in the legislature promoting its newest untested idea. The group claimed to identify the major problem facing Connecticut school districts, unpredictability of special education costs, and presented its solution: removing special education funding from the Education Cost Sharing Formula, then having all districts pay into a new state-run “special education cost cooperative,” which would distribute the funds.
Unfortunately, the group did not identify the real problem facing districts concerning special education: steadily rising costs. From 2005-2011, statewide special education rates were relatively stable at approximately 11.5 percent. In 2012-13, the rate jumped to 12.1 percent and has been increasing yearly since. In 2018-19, 15 percent of children statewide were identified as having a disability requiring an Individualized Education Plan.
Simultaneously, overall public school enrollment is dropping. Estimates show that in 10 years, one in five public school students will be identified as needing special education services. This increase presents a concern beyond dollars. We should be asking, why are rates of students with disabilities rising, and how will the state ensure that districts can meet children’s needs while minimizing the toll on them and district budgets?
At the legislative hearing on this proposal, Madison Superintendent Thomas Scarice and his special education director, Elizabeth Battaglia, raised these issues. Scaricetestified that districts’ primary problem is rising special education costs.
Aug 6, 2019, (UK) Business Up North: Education Specialist Appointed To Cheshire School Build Building contractor Pave Aways has been appointed on a £2.1m [$2.6M U.S.] contract to design and build an extension at Blacon High School in Cheshire.
The new two-storey block at the school in Melbourne Road will provide additional classrooms and increased provision for Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching. …
Aug 7, 2019, (UK) Devon Live: New special school for students with social communication and interaction needs to open in 2020
A new purpose-built school aimed at providing specialist school provision for students with social communication and interaction needs is set to open in 2020.
Glendinning House Academy will be a new, special free school for children aged 7 to 19 years, with social communication and interaction needs including Autism Spectrum Condition. Located on the site of the former Haytor View Primary School and Children’s Centre in Sandringham Road, Newton Abbot, the school will provide 120 new school places for children who would benefit from a special school environment because of barriers to learning, which include sensory processing needs and anxiety….
Aug 7, 2019, (UK) Sussex Express: New special school planned in Hailsham Proposals to build a new special school in Hailsham are to go before county council planners next week.
On Wednesday (August 14), East Sussex County Council’s planning committee is set to consider an application to build a specialist school for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Reef Way in Hailsham.
According to planning documents, the school – to be arranged into an upper and lower school with separate entrances – would provide places for around 80 pupils between the ages of four- and 16-years-old. …
By providing the 80 new spaces the county council says it will be able to reduce (but not eliminate) its spending on private school spaces….
Aug 8, 2019, San Jose (CA) Spotlight: San Jose school district unveils plan to hire special education teachers
The number of special education students across the country is rising, but teachers qualified to teach those students aren’t — especially in the South Bay where soaring rents and cost-of-living are squeezing educators out. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that the number of public school students that required special education services rose 14 percent during the 2017-2018 school year. That’s seven million students.
Aug 9, 2019, (UK) EnglishForum.com: School for children with special needs to open in Cheshire East
A new school dedicated to education for students with special needs will soon be opening in Cheshire East.
This is one of fourteen schools approved by the government, which will start providing free access to education to students with learning disabilities. …
The new school will operate out of the buildings of the now-former Lodgefields School and will provide learning opportunities for more than forty children from the area.
According to project supervisors, this new school will save money, as the SEND program is currently transporting students to schools farther away from their homes.
Special needs education Special needs education in the United Kingdom has been rapidly developing ever since the introduction of the SEND program in 2014.
Numerous awareness campaigns have also started across the country, as students with learning disabilities need to receive an appropriate education.
One of the most significant campaigns in support of students with disabilities and special learning needs was a petition signed by more than nine thousand teachers and parents. In it, families demanded that teachers receive mandatory training for helping children with autism throughout their education.…
This is what we’ve been told here:
In Norfolk, England teachers are “routinely punched, scratched and hit with chairs and stationery by pupil.” One in every 30 children in Belfast in the U.K. has autism, and one in every four students in Ireland has special needs.
In Tucson, Arizona, Roanoke, Virginia, and in Devon, Cheshire and Hailsham in England new schools are being built for the ever-increasing number of kids whose needs can’t be met in regular schools.
From San Jose, California we hear that “the number of [U.S.] public school students that required special education services rose 14 percent during the 2017-2018 school year.”
And in Torrington, Connecticut we’re casually told that 10 years from now, 20 percent of children in America will be special education students. (Seriously, a lot of districts are already there.)
That’s one in every five students, and that figure will only increase in the coming decades because there are no signs of things leveling off.
I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing will change until the whole education system collapses. Things are going to have to get that desperate, and it’s anyone’s guess how soon that will happen, but it is coming. As long as everyone from parents, to teachers, legislators, reporters, and the medical community sit back like disinterested spectators, the downfall of the education system will continue.
Everywhere there are calls for more funding to fix the problems.Already in Britain they’re discovering there’ll never be enough money.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.