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Michael, Thank you so much for that NBC story. It's shocking to see this one family's experience and realize that it's happening to thousands of others at the same time. What are these kids doing not only to their families, but also to schools? Anne
Totally clueless......... Once when I ordered snacks for a party with sped kids, I specifically said no soda with sugar.......meaning FRUIT JUICE! And I got DIET POP from the school cafeteria, Aspartame anyone? Anne Dachel
Shelley Tzorfas: "The REASON that NJ has a higher Autism rate is because NJ is the only state REQUIRED to REPORT It, PERIOD!" Imagine that the New Jersey rate is standard for the whole country. Imagine, as Dr. Kettering predicted, things are going to get even worse. The future is very dark.
Thank you, John, for all your efforts to wake people up in the U.K. I’m worried that those in charge are too much in denial to really look for the cause. Meanwhile the decline and fall of education in Britain is in the advanced stages. The stories about what’s happening are endless. DISABLED CHILDREN are taking over! Below are stories that prove my point. It isn’t just autism. It’s all the neuro—developmental damage, just like we’re seeing here. Reports calmly tell us over and over…THE NUMBERS ARE INCREASING and so are the costs. The press tells us not to worry. They say that nothing is wrong with all the changes in children today. A perfect example is the April 8, 2018 story from the Liverpool Echo: What life is really like for families living with autism in Liverpool You can see photos of smiling moms and kids happy about autism. Liverpool wants to be known as the “UK’s first autism friendly city.” The story also announced, “Around one in every 100 people in Britain is believed to be autistic.” Adults too? It seems with absolutely NO PROOF, we’re to believe that autism is just a normal condition among all age groups. (We just haven’t been able to find it in middle aged and elderly folks like we can in kids.) The press has been lying to us about autism for two decades. Now it’s not just kids on the spectrum, it’s loads of young people with all kinds of social/emotional/behavioral problems. Here are some from the last month and a half. April 8, 2018, (UK) South Wales Argus: Newport special needs school to be expanded by 50 places “NEWPORT'S only dedicated school for youngsters with special needs will be expanded by 50 places if a decision is signed off next week. … “A council report said the school, which also operates at sites in Brynglas and Eveswell and is open to children and teenagers aged from three to 19 had found itself under increasing pressure with the number of youngsters in need of specialist education….” April 5, 2018, (UK) Wessex 96/97.2 FM: Multi-million pound investment for special needs education in Dorset “Over the last 22 months, Dorset has seen a 49 per cent increase in children with an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). … “A new special school is also due to open in Bovington next September (2019). Funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, it will provide places for another 160 children with autism, as well as social, emotional and mental health needs. The school will support pupils from Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. … “There are also plans to provide additional bases for children with social, emotional and mental health needs in the future.” April 5, 2018, (UK) Bedford Today: New school for children with special needs planned for Kempston … “We’ve already got some brilliant special schools in the borough, but there’s also massive demand and it’s something which the system is catching up with. ‘As a Bedford boy it’s brilliant to see this coming to where we live.’… “While there is already pressure on the limited number of school spaces for children with disabilities and SEN in Bedford Borough, it is believed an extra 700 such places will be needed by 2030. …” April 3, 2018, (UK) Telegraph and Argus: Protest unsuccessful as Council passes cuts to disabled children's services “Dominic Wall, head of Southfield Special School, said there is a “growing demand for children with complex needs” in Bradford. “He said: ‘In the past three years it has gone up in excess of 25%, but we have not had increased government funding to match the growth, but we get a fixed amount per place. “‘In the past two years we have had to take £5 million from normal schools to fund the high-need block.’ …” April 3, 2018, (UK) Guardian: Teachers have sounded the alarm – it’s time to listen “For many children, the Easter holidays are in full swing. But spare a thought for the more than 4,000 children who have learning disabilities. They won’t be taking a break from school: they’re stuck at home for the long-term, as no local schools can take them. “The number of children with special educational needs in England without a school place has more than doubled from 1,710 in 2016 to 4,050 in 2017. … “Parents have told me of the battle to gain a diagnosis for their children, who are often written off by teachers as troublesome and disruptive, especially in the case of autism.” April 2, 2018, (UK) Sun: BAD EDUCATION—Teachers ‘headbutted, spat at and have eyes gouged by kids as young as FOUR’ “The claims were made at an education conference, where staff have lifted the lid on outrageous and shocking behaviour seen at UK schools. “The extreme violence has even forced some teachers to change the way they dress in order to avoid being harmed by students. “Teaching staff across the country have also reported suffering dangerous levels of anxiety when heading into work. … “She said: ‘In the last two years behaviour in children has increased to an extremely violent level.’ … “Kelly, who is the only dedicated SENCO at her school, said she was repeatedly called to deal with a four-year-old boy who ‘scratched, gouged eyes, and pulled hair’. “She said: ‘The last two years have been the worst I've ever had in my [16-year] teaching career.’” April 2, 2018, (UK) Independent: School mental health problems extend to primary-age pupils amid cuts to support “Primary school children are showing signs of mental health problems – including anxiety, panic attacks and depression – amid cuts to specialist support, a new survey of teachers suggests. “The vast majority (96 per cent) of teachers say they have come into contact with pupils of all ages experiencing mental health issues, according to research from the NASUWT teaching union. “Of these, around one in seven (14 per cent) said that pupils experiencing these difficulties were aged between four and seven, while over a quarter (27 per cent) said they were aged seven to 11. …” April 1, 2018, (UK) Telegraph: Special needs children 'paying price' for education funding 'crisis' “…Meanwhile, a separate survey by NASUWT union has shown more than a half (59%) of all special educational needs teachers said they had been attacked by their pupils in the last year. “Staff among the 1,615 polled said they had been head-butted, punched, kicked and spat on - including, in a handful of cases, on a daily basis….” Mar 31, 2018, (UK) Hartlepool Mail: Government accused of failing to address worries over Hartlepool schools funding “The council added a 2.6% ‘high needs’ funding increase for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities is not enough to meet ‘unprecedented’ levels of demand and the town faces a shortfall of £825,000 a year.” Mar 30, 2018, (UK) Get Surrey: Parents secure legal aid funding to take county council to court over 'unlawful' £21m savings to services supporting children with disabilities “According to SCC, the number of children with a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan (EHCP) has increased by 44% from 2010 to 2018. “In an attempt to tackle the ‘unprecedented increases in demand’, SCC has boosted the overall budget for children, schools and families by £25,377,000 from £454,738,000 (2017/2018) to £480,115,000 (2018/2019).” Mar 30, 2018, (UK) Swindon Advertiser: Wooden Spoon funds £14,500 sensory room at school “SPECIAL needs school Crowdy’s Hill opened a new sensory room this week thanks to a £14,500 donation from local charity Wiltshire Wooden Spoon. … “The sensory room has been created at Crowdys Hill School, in Jefferies Avenue, whose students are aged between five and 19 years with both moderate and complex learning and medical needs including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, global developmental delay and cerebral palsy. ….” Mar 30, 2018, (UK) Lancaster Evening Post: Rising number of exclusions at Lancashire schools “A report presented to county hall’s education committee revealed 346 exclusions across primary, secondary and special schools in 2016/17. “The number has risen from 305 the previous year in addition to 6,700 fixed-term exclusions. “6,700 disruptive children excluded from Lancashire schools Mar 29, 2018, (UK) Gloucestershire Gazette: Special free school to open at Marlwood School “The school, which will be the second of its kind in South, will be based on the Marlwood School site, offering 112 places over a three-year period for children aged two-to-19-years-old with severe learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder and with profound and multiple learning difficulties.” Mar 26, 2018, (UK) Huffington Post: We Need To Understand Why So Many Children Are Unhappy—With such a rapid rise in demand for mental health services, it’s urgent we understand the causes of poor mental health “…There’s been a dramatic increase in self-harm – 19,000 children were admitted to hospital last year after hurting themselves, a 14% rise over three years. More and more young people tell us they feel anxious, depressed and have low self-esteem. It’s thought that as many as one in ten children has a diagnosable mental health condition and referrals to specialist treatment have gone up 44% in the last three years. … “Mental health problems in childhood left untreated can lead to a lifetime of mental illness. … The Government has rightly recognised that urgent action is needed, and has brought the Departments of Health and Education together to work on improving children and young people’s mental health. Spending on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services is increasing by £1.4billion over the next five years. … “We need to get to the root of the problem. We need to understand what is causing so many children to feel depressed and anxious …” Mar 25, 2018, (UK) Maidenhead Advertiser: New Dorney school creates safe learning space for children in care “The head of a new school for young people in care says it aims to put each child at the centre of everything it does. “Stephen Rodgers is head of education at the Eton Dorney Residential School, which has room to house six young people and 18 day spaces for 10 to 18-year-olds. …” Mar 23, 2018, (UK) Wigan Observer: Plans to close all Wigan special schools met with backlash “Education chiefs in Wigan have been criticised for launching a consultation with options that include closing all the borough’s special schools. “The controversial suggestion is contained in a survey asking parents for their views on ways council chiefs can increase the number of places available for children in the borough with special educational needs… “‘We currently do not have enough places in the borough and need to expand and we want to ensure that we have considered your views on how we do this before we make some proposals.’ …” Mar 19, 2018, (UK) Grimsby Telegraph: Pupils to make a splash in new school hot tub “A Grimsby school has thanked parents and volunteers for their wonderful donations, as it officially opened its new hydrotherapy hot tub. “Staff members, parents and volunteers gathered at Cambridge Park Academy for a special ribbon cutting ceremony, as they officially opened their new hot-tub facility that will allow students to take part in hydro and sensory therapy. … "‘We are using it to provide hydrotherapy, along with sensory therapy, and we have found that with some of our students that it has a brilliant calming effect them on as they get in the water for a dip.’ …” Mar 17, 2018, (UK) Scotsman: Low level disruption – the new ‘norm’ blighting our schools “ ‘Low level bad behaviour’ has become the norm in many secondary schools across Scotland, the leader of one of the country’s teaching unions has warned. “Seamus Searson, general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association, said unacceptable behaviour was on the increase, impacting on pupils’ education and hampering recruitment to the profession. … “Figures from the Scottish Government in December revealed that 26.6 per cent of pupils have additional support needs, ranging from dyslexia, ADHD, and autism to behavioural and emotional problems. …” Mar 10, 2018, (UK) Leicester Mercury: Why pupils at Leicester primary school are doing yoga and meditation “Yoga, meditation and mindfulness are just some of the activities pupils at Eyres Monsell primary have been taking part in. “Activities aim to foster a sense of calm and self reflection, as well as making youngsters ready to learn. …” Mar 7, 2018, (UK) Spalding Today: Bourne special school set for growth under SEND plans “…Willoughby School which currently caters for children aged two to 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties, has backed a new model for special education unveiled by Lincolnshire County Council. … “Mr Husbands said: ‘I am delighted that Willoughby School is included as part of this SEND strategy as demand for special school places in Bourne and Lincolnshire is extremely high. …’ “Mr Husbands revealed that ‘significant capital investment’ at Willoughby School would result in ‘additional classrooms and specialist facilities built to meet the growing demand for special school places’”. Anne Dachel, Media
I’ve been writing about California’s ever-increasing autism numbers over the past nine years: 2009 2009 2010 2013 2015 2015 2016 2016 2016 2016 How is what’s happening to California (and the rest of the country) not a national health care emergency? Anne Dachel, Media
IF Senator Pan truly believes there’s been no real increase in autism and the rate of one in 36 can be applied across the population, then he needs to show us proof. He should be able to go to any adult care facility, nursing home, group home and identify the one in 36 with autism. I want to see ANY RATE even remotely close to what we see in our kids. I want to see the 30, 40, 50 and 60 year olds who are nonverbal, hand flapping, in diapers and prone to frequent meltdowns. FURTHERMORE, I want to see the middle aged and elderly autistic people whose medical history includes a dramatic and unexplained loss of learned skills and regression into autism as toddlers. THESE INDIVIDUALS DON’T EXIST. If they did, the pharma-financed national TV networks would have been parading them in front of cameras years ago when the idea of an autism epidemic first surfaced. Anne Dachel, Media
I saw the movie on Sat. in Minneapolis. Good presentation about the events surrounding Dr. Wakefield's research and the reaction of the government and the medical community. The audience had excellent questions and comments. It's clear from the reaction to his study that officials will never recognize the damage from vaccines. It's also clear that children are suffering everywhere and we simply can't sustain this level of disability among our population and continue to prosper. Very sobering realities. Anne McElroy Dachel, Media
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