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The Future

By Kusha Singh

If in the future there will someday be an ideal world, how would it be? A society that would provide for every possible disorder or disease in the world and a race of people that have been educated to grow up into well adjusted compassionate adults. According to statistics in the U.S. 1 in 900-1100 children were autistic 10 years ago. Now this number has increased to 1 in 90-110. This means obviously, that it is very likely that every second child born after 10 years will be autistic. A whole population of persons radically different from what we consider 'normal' but often with the same intelligence levels as everyone else, if not more.
I remember reading of a program designed to teach Maths in levels. It is a concept that is used in many places including 'Brain Champ' of Nokia. In these games and designs the components of Maths are divided into Logic, Calculation, etc. that are the vital components of Maths or IQ pertaining to different parts of the brain.
If such a concept were to be used in modern education, where an individual would graduate only after a certain skill set deemed necessary to survive independently, including a skill to earn money, regardless of age; perhaps we would have a better chance at educating everyone.

Social Skills
If the above education system would be used though, it would probably be digital. School is a major site for developing social skills and children would probably be denied an opportunity to interact with large numbers of children of their same age. In such a scenario it might be benefiting to emphasize on play schools. The children in these scenarios would be given toys to play with, the complexities of which would increase with age/brain levels regardless of their disabilities. The sessions would be supervised by professionals and include things like cultural learning through field trips and interaction through team work.
My best guess is that with supervision and encouragements, autistic children, as well as children with physical disabilities would gradually help children deal with not just people with similar disabilities but everyone. At the same time it would sensitize children if they are exposed to others with disabilities or different abilities.
The financial needs of those with disabilities or different abilities are higher than those without them. And while it may be clich├ęd I believe taxes are the best and most fair way to deal with financial situations of these kinds. Also internships being made an important part of education would help in not only in the development of social skills, imbibing of work ethic and responsibilities, but also be beneficial to the companies or people who employ them.
While developing skills needed to live independently, there can be several combinations of skills that one can have. For example it is not necessary for a fashion designer, or a potter to know trigonometry. One of the ways we can work around abnormalities in the brain is by choosing a skill set that will compensate for any lack of attributes. This will need considerable deliberation though. Maybe in some cases a person simply will not be able to look after themselves or will need constant supervision despite being quite stable/knowledgeable.

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Kusha Singh
The author of this article is the smartest, funniest, hottest person in the world... Eh? Whats that?... no the author didn't just write that about herself. Oh well, I'm just a confused little klutz who's also a writer, part time actor, a movie freak, marathon swimmer and hopefully on the way to becoming a vc designer.


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