The San Francisco Chronicle has a major report today entitled “Autism Threatens to Overwhelm Schools.” I have some objections to some of the assertions in the article, but on the whole, Nanette Asimov got it right. Here is an excerpt from the letter to the editor I wrote in response:
(A)fter decades of underfunding from the state and Federal government, a focus on fighting parents rather than partnering with them, and a general failure to keep up with evidence-based practices, special education programs in many districts (including San Francisco) are in crisis. Parents are angry, teachers are overwhelmed, and students are getting less than they need.
The full letter is here.