Sept 6, 2020, BBC: Special educational needs families and the fight for education
Sofia is one of more than one million young people in the UK with special educational needs and disabilities, or SEND.She’s among one fifth of young people with SEND who have the most complex needs.
During lockdown, while schools closed to the majority of children, the government said that the most vulnerable, including those with complex special educational needs could still attend.Families speaking to Panorama say they've found accessing support difficult and that it was an example of the long-term struggles they have faced getting educational support for their children during lockdown.
Of course the BBC completely misses the BIG PICTURE HERE: They are showing us the ugly side of autism, namely out-of-control children with severe behavior issues.
This is autism.
We see several autistic children who have meltdowns and the parents who have to deal with this daily. A girl is described as "nonverbal," --another word in the modern lexicon that we're all getting used to like "on the spectrum," and "high functioning."
The BBC's message is that these kids have not been served during the lockdown over COVID. If government had only done their job and provided something for these children, all problems would disappear.
Wait a minute. What are these same kids like in school? Why is it that back in 2015 the big news out of Britain was the announcement that the government would be opening 27 new special needs schools in England.
These schools would serve 2,000 students. Of the 27 schools, 22 would be specifically for children with autism.
It was all good.
Unfortunately 27 schools weren’t enough, so because of “increasing demand” more had to be done.
Now in 2020 we learn that 37 new special schools are will be built with 49 more schools in the planning stage. These schools are for kids exactly like the ones in this broadcast, or as the British press describes them ad nauseam, "children with social, emotional, mental health issues and autism." These are kids who can't attend special ed classes in regular schools.
AUTISM is what the BBC usually tells us we should celebrate come April and declares a complete mystery every time the rate takes yet another leap upwards, just like all the mainstream print and broadcast media in the U.S.
AUTISM is NEVER THE PROBLEM. These children are a normal and acceptable part of children everywhere. Tough luck if it's your bad genes that resulted in this type of child.
This is the idiotic message from the BBC et al.: Autism is here to stay—we just need to have more support. This brief look at autism and how it affects families should scare everyone watching it.