Remarks by President Trump at Parent-Teacher Conference Listening Session, February 14:
MS. QUENNVILLE: Hi, I’m Jane Quennville, and I’m a principal of a special-ed center in Virginia serving children ages five through twenty-two with autism and physical and medically fragile conditions.Those who study the statistics will take exception to "the tremendous amount of increase." Self-advocates will take offense at "a horrible thing to watch."
THE PRESIDENT: How is that going?
MS. QUENNVILLE: Well --
THE PRESIDENT: Have you seen an increase in the autism with the children?
MS. QUENNVILLE: Yes, yes. In fact, our school has shifted its population -- saw more children with autism, definitely.
THE PRESIDENT: So what’s going on with autism? When you look at the tremendous increases, really, it’s such an incredible -- it’s like really a horrible thing to watch, the tremendous amount of increase. Do you have any idea? And you’re seeing it in the school?
MS. QUENNVILLE: Yes, I think -- I mean, I think the statistics, I believe, are 1 in 66, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism.
THE PRESIDENT: And now it’s going to be even lower --
MS. QUENNVILLE: Probably.
THE PRESIDENT: -- which is just amazing. Well, maybe we can do something.