By Anne Dachel
Back in 2004, the autism rate was one in every 166 kids. That was pretty serious since back then, autism was still a relatively unknown condition that was just starting to make the news.
I’m sure no one 20 years ago could have imagined that the autism rate would eventually become one in every 36 kids or one in every 22 in California, like it is currently.
Increases in autism are never cause for alarm.
Having more and more disabled kids is celebrated and called NEURODIVERSITY. Loss of Brain Trust keeps the tally on what’s happening.
Recently I found this story from Northern Ireland,
One in 20 schoolchildren in Northern Ireland has a diagnosis of autism, according to figures published by the Department of Health (DoH)
It is the highest prevalence rate on record, and more than four times as many as 15 years ago.
The department cautioned against comparing years due to changes in the way data has been collected since 2019.
It said there were 15,212 children aged 4-16 identified with autism in 2022/23. That is compared to 14,019 children in 2021/22.
In 2008/09 about 3,300 children had a diagnosis of autism, about 1.2% of the school age population.
The department said the Autism Act 2011 and an accompanying increase in awareness could be partly responsible for the rise....
About four in five of children with autism have some form of special educational needs (SEN) and more than half have a statement.
One would expect some alarm over these jaw-dropping numbers, but no, we told it’s something to celebrate by a school principal.
"Schools are getting really quite adept at picking up where there is neurodiversity in their classrooms," she told BBC News NI….
"There is an acknowledgement that autistic children and any other neurodivergent students are an accepted part of our classrooms now, and it should be a celebrated part of our classrooms.
"Schools have to start changing their provision internally and becoming more inclusive."
Things aren’t stopping here. It seems there is no end in sight to what we see as normal and acceptable in the developmental health of children.
A further example comes from Newcastle, England.
A special school in Newcastle is set for a major expansion, in a bid to keep up with rapidly escalating demand for places.
Plans have been revealed for a redevelopment project to boost capacity at Thomas Bewick School, which provides specialist provision for children and young people with autism from ages three to 19.
The move comes after warnings that more than 300 more school places for autistic youngsters will be needed in Newcastle over the coming years, with Newcastle City Council having previously stated that a completely new special school will need to be built.
New plans lodged with Newcastle City Council would see six new classrooms built for Thomas Bewick School, on what is currently a derelict section of the adjacent former All Saints College.
The expansion into a new block would give the school, in West Denton, space for between 48 and 56 extra pupils when the work is completed. …
The number of pupils in Newcastle identified with special educational needs has jumped from 6,262 in 2016/17 to 6,618 in 2020/21, while the number of autistic youngsters enrolled at Thomas Bewick has risen from 53 when it opened in 1999 to more than 300 now. If approved, the expansion plans at Thomas Bewick would see three new classrooms built by September this year – with another three to follow….
“As a result of pressure for specialist school places, 24 extra places were created for Thomas Bewick school at Site 2B in the former All Saints block which is referred to as phase 1 of the works. The continuing anticipated growth within the school means that spaces for a further 48 to 56 pupils are required at this site to be accommodated within the currently vacant block of the former All Saints School.”
This isn’t an isolated happening.
Special needs education and children in care are costing Bristol City Council millions of pounds over its budget. New figures show how much extra money the council spent last year compared to how much was originally budgeted for, with some areas costing far more than planned.
Increasing numbers of children and young people in Bristol, and across the country, need extra support at school, while some children need to be taken into care. But the level of demand rose much faster last year than City Hall chiefs expected in the annual council budget.
Councillor Craig Cheney, deputy mayor responsible for finance, said: “The main financial challenge for schools is the high needs block, which has an in-year overspend of £16.2 million [$20M], resulting from an increase in education, health and care plans.”…
“But I know that the staff team is working really hard. This is an issue not only affecting Bristol City Council but every single local authority in the country. So we’re not in this alone.”
It’s happening here as well. Tucked into a story on special ed classes in Albuquerque, NM was this statement. In APS, special education students comprise 23.3% of the student population. Each special ed. student has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
Simply put, almost a quarter of the student population in Albuquerque can’t learn like kids have always been expected to learn. It seems to me that this should be a story all by itself.
The future is quite dark.
The normally developing or gifted child is rapidly disappearing. The question won’t be, is your child disabled? Instead it will be, WHICH behavioral/learning problem does YOUR child have?
By Wayne Rohde
The Vaccine Court looks at the mysterious and often unknown world of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the only recourse for seeking compensation for those who have been injured by a vaccine. The NVICP, better known as the ”Vaccine Court,” however, is not without controversy.
Established by Congress as a direct result of the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the NVICP was supposed to offer a no-fault alternative to the traditional injury claims filed in state or federal courts and was to provide quick, efficient, and fair compensation for those who have been injured by vaccines. The reality, however, is that many cases take several years or longer to complete and require tremendous commitment from families already pushed to the brink of bankruptcy caring for the vaccine-injured family member, only to discover that the end result is manipulated by the government in defense of the US vaccine policy.
A Letter to Liberals: Censorship and COVID: An Attack on Science and American Ideals
By Robert Kennedy Jr.
A leading Democrat challenges his party to return to liberal values and evidence-based science
Democrats were the party of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and faith in scientific and liberal empiricism. They once took pride in understanding how to read science critically, exercising healthy skepticism toward notoriously corrupt entities like the drug companies that brought us the opioid crisis, and were outraged by the phenomenon of “agency capture” and the pervasive control of private interests over Congress, the media, and the scientific journals.
A Letter to Liberals is Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s, challenge to “lockdown liberalism’s” embrace of policies that are an affront to once cherished precepts.
Denial: How Refusing to Face the Facts about Our Autism Epidemic Hurts Children, Families, and Our Future
By Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted
Even as the autism rate soars and the cost to our nation climbs well into the billions, a dangerous new idea is taking hold: There simply is no autism epidemic.
The question is stark: Is autism ancient, a genetic variation that demands acceptance and celebration? Or is it new and disabling, triggered by something in the environment that is damaging more children every day?