It seems to me that someone figured out that if autistic kids can't talk, anything that is expedient is ok. And, anything that will save money.
I have written many articles about this on this blog and my website.
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Stringer, parents urge Education Dept. to fix online system they say deprives special needs students (Ben Chapman, NY Daily News, March 19, 2017)
This, mixed with the lack of accountability for principals (see here as well) and the lack of support for teachers (who can talk) who dare to speak out about the confinement situations, environmental hazards, violations of IEP mandates, false records for service providers and lies to parents all adds up to a terrible injustice.
This has been on-going since I started helping my daughter get an IEP in 1993, then in 2001 the AP for Guidance at Stuyvesant High School, Jay Biegelson, wrote his name as her father on a new IEP secretly created with out my knowledge or consent which de-certified her. Eleanor Archie justified this by saying that they called me but I never responded. Lies, all lies. She never heard of caller ID. And, I was at Stuyvesant almost every day, as I was on the Executive Board and Editor of the PA Bulletin, the newsletter for the Parents Association.
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Special Needs Kids to Move Out of Trailers After 16 Years, City Says