While health officials seem narrowly focused on the pandemic, autism hasn't gone away. It's the pandemic that will NEVER STOP AFFECTING US. Its victims will live long lives causing society billions.
Northern Ireland is awash in autism and disabled children. Their schools are struggling to survive. (See my LONG HISTORY of stories on LossOfBrainTrust.com ) What we see happening there is a stunning example of our total failure to do anything to address autism.
The Belfast story below is yet another incomprehensible report on just how bad things are--what officials are telling us we just have to learn to live with. There can be no other explanation.
I reported on this news from Northern Ireland in Derry. Now on LossOfBrainTrust.com.
Keep in mind these often-repeated statistics from the British Isles:
Northern Ireland: 23 percent of students receive special ed services.
Ireland: 25 percent of students receive special ed services.
Scotland: 29 percent of students receive special ed services.
It's easy to see why autism numbers are also skyrocketing amid horrific statistics, ominous projections, and ludicrous explanations.
Can anyone possibly believe that this is the result of “an increase in awareness and understanding” as we are told here?
May 22, 2020, (UK) Belfast Telegraph: Schoolchildren diagnosed with autism in NI increases 82% over last five years
Cases of autism in school-age children have increased by 82% in the last five years, a report has found.
One in 24 children of school age here has been diagnosed, according to figures from the Department of Health.
Its report said 12,544 school-aged children are autistic - a prevalence rate of 4.2%. The figures were described as "alarming" by the charity Autism NI.
Kerry Boyd, chief executive officer of Autism NI, said these latest figures although alarming, are not unexpected.
"A report was commissioned by the NI Department of Education which warned of this 'autism wave' of diagnosis back in 2002 and this was the motivation for Autism NI's autism awareness lobby at Stormont which led to the establishment of the Autism Act (NI) in 2011," she explained.
"Since then we have seen an increase in awareness and understanding of autism, which is being demonstrated within these latest statistics.
The charity chief continued: "For this reason, Autism NI has been lobbying relentlessly over the past 10 years on the urgent need for adequate autism services and a consistent, uniformed approach across all health trusts and education."
She insisted autism services here are now at "breaking point", with the voluntary sector facing increased demand….
"It is therefore left to the voluntary sector to fill this 'void' but due to the level of demand on Autism NI's services and lack of funding available, we are stretched to full capacity with very little statutory funding….”
What is called for in the face of all this “increased awareness and understanding of autism” is just more“autism support and interventions," NOT ANSWERS, NOT AN END TO THE PLAGUE OF AUTISM.
Kerry Boyd said that these figures "although alarming, are not unexpected".
If these are the result of‘an increase of awareness and understanding’ and services are at a ‘breaking point,’ why not just stop being so aware? We're to believe that kids needing services have always been here, officials in N.I. just didn't do anything to help them.
So why not go back to the way things were when all the autistic kids were just ignored? There didn’t seem to be too much of a problem. Somehow they must have just melded into the population. Teachers and parents must have somehow gotten along. Is it just the fact that we’re now diagnosing kids with autism that has caused the problem?
Is there any possibility that something is terribly wrong?
Could it be that there is an ever-increasing number of disabled children currently overwhelming our schools who will soon bankrupt social services when they reach adulthood? This is the question that no one in authority is willing to consider.
How long will officials in Northern Ireland refuse to recognize the suffering of a generation of children?
How can COVID 19 command the attention of the world at the same time a pandemic striking 4 percent of children is totally ignored?
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.