This generation grew up with technology, development with fast past growing technology, changes, fads, and the newest device. Video games, cell phones, social networking sites form the start of the networks, marketing, developments and so much more. Technology started to take a grip on there who lives and exploding into everything in our worlds development.
Most of this generation grew up with steady home, consistent lives, higher educated parents with a high school or above in there education. Then was true for the generation before them. Where few or only one parent completed high school let alone collage, giving the children more access to meet their needs and expectation for this generation.
The economy was all over the place when they were growing up. In 1980-1992 most households were under the poverty line, by 50%. In 1993 the poverty line fail 20% the lowest since 1964 changing the way people lived. This effected this generation greatly, the families that were just reaching the peak were effected dearly. This brought poor health, less food available to them, cheaper childcare’s, or no childcare for after school children. This brought programs to schools, to help decrees the effects this tends to have. They were available in some areas called the after school programs, these were place mostly in lower income areas and to started grew, they are now in found in almost all the schools. This program launch brought a value to low income areas, keeping kids off the streets with safe places to go, feed and involved. Positive educational activities, tutoring, and much needed mentoring. Parents involvement in school activities increased and so did there expectations for there kids. As expectations grew among families education became a part of a requirement in a good life.
Unemployment Rates went all over based from factors closing and the oil, gas, shell and mining industry boom. From 1975-1981 there was more than 4,ooo rigs in count, it started to decrees in 1982-83 causing a great dip in oil, gas increasing prices for product, stocks down and unemployment to spike. This in mind it effected this group of kids families and school years. From 1985-2000 the market and the industry went back up. Creating jobs, stable markets, better home environments for the children to grow in. Then another great crash in 2009 effecting everyone, because of this these kids had to learn how to adjust to environmental swings, high costs of living, learn to use resources and the need for stability in there future. They entered the job markets with almost no training, where we learned on the job skills from the boomers. They don’t have that luxury most of them left the work force already, they learn from videos or books.
1980-7% 1981-7.6% 1982-83 9.7% 1984-1986 7% 87-91 5-6% 92 -7.5% 93-6.9 96-02- 4-5% 03-6% 04-08 4-5% 08-5.8% 09-9.3% 10-9.6% 11-8.9% 2012-8.9%
People from other generations say since this group joined the workforce. That they are always whining about something, lazy and always distracted. People often say if its not for the machine they cant even count your money back to you. Well lets take a look at that, they have more math skills then generations before them. They test higher then any other group, they are as large a group as the boomers, and 80% of them will go to collage. Maybe that is a result of what we as people are not teaching them. This is our failure as people.
People in high schools took classes for guns away and stop teaching safety. They Placed laws all over for use of firearms, and where they can be. High school kids use to take there hunters safety and gun education classes from the schools. Most of the kids in todays world don’t even know what this class is or means after this generation and only half this generation does it depends where they grew up. Before this generation the most violent video game was duck hunters, and if you compare that to know it’s a big change. We had guns in the parking lots of trucks from ranch work at our school and not one school shooting. Murder from guns is out of control, the second amendment got attacked and the people say its bad enough with your stupid gun laws that are not working, that its hard to get a weapon and we the people will not just let the criminals have the guns. Guns take care, maintained, classes, learning, not a strict no, a lock and key. Do they help yes, but they need education as well. Growing up it was a saying if I don’t teach you someone else will, or you will pick it up and learn on your own that can be a powerful mistake.
The drivers Ed was removed from the of schools, and you had to start paying for it. They were released to drive after a few weeks, where for the generations before it was a 6 month class and time to learn. Not all parents can afford the classes so teens end up parent taught or they wait tell there a adult. There are a few that just don’t drive or they do it without a license because they don’t know. Now motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. The generation before had drivers Ed in schools, but most cars didn’t have seat belts or people choose not to wear. There was a large amount of drug use or alcohol. We educated people on how you can save lives by using seat belts. Creating laws and started cracking down on drug or alcohol.
The labor laws changed because of children sweat shops and people not getting a education because they had to work. The laws changed making where few young adults could enter the workforce before 16. These Labor laws say that young adults can only work a few hours and there are guidelines for education they have to follow. Your GPA drops you cant work tell it goes back up and you have proof of that. Making it where the first half of this generation got to work with people. “Under there wing” and given guidance from the older generation. Verse after this generation or the last half of it didn’t get that chance. Most of them don’t get any form of work until they were 17 or older and with the down turn in the economy others missed out on that work tell they were full adults or in collage. You see a lot of first time job applicants as full grown adults from being in school after these changes took place. So lets go back to the question Why is this generation so lazy, Whiny and have such a lack of knowledge. Well that would be the generations before fault too. People look at these young adults and expect them to have the same life skills as the generation they grew up in. They also don’t think about the opportunities of the workforce that they had to what this generation had. Before this generation people went to work and was treated as a adult at 12, then 13, then 14 when they joined the workforce. This generation and above are adults before they join the workforce. As adults we tend to think young adults should know what we know and forget to teach them, mostly because in our generations it would have been a insult to do so. If you’d like this generation to produce more than start teaching them! Youth, Young adults and teens start asking questions. You can be great and powerful part of this world and make a difference.
Wikipedia on disability during these years 1990-1995
- 1990 – MindFreedom International is an international coalition of over one hundred grassroots groups and thousands of individual members from fourteen nations, based in America and founded in 1990. It was created to advocate against forced medication, medical restraints, and involuntary electroconvulsive therapy. Its stated mission is to protect the rights of people who have been labeled with psychiatric disorders.
- 1990 – The Americans with Disabilities Act became law, and it provided comprehensive civil rights protection for people with disabilities. Closely modeled after the Civil Rights Act and Section 504, the law was the most sweeping disability rights legislation in American history. It mandated that local, state, and federal governments and programs be accessible, that employers with more than 15 employees make “reasonable accommodations” for workers with disabilities and not discriminate against otherwise qualified workers with disabilities, and that public accommodations and commercial facilities make “reasonable modifications” to ensure access for disabled members of the public, and not discriminate against them. It also mandated provision of disabled-access toilet facilities in private buildings. (Provision of disabled-access toilet facilities was mandated in federal buildings by the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 ). The ADA also required access in public transportation and communication.
- 1990 – Sam Skinner, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, issued regulations mandating wheelchair lifts on buses.
- 1990 – Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit (ADAPT) organized the Wheels of Justice campaign in Washington, D.C., which drew hundreds of disabled people to support the Americans with Disabilities Act. Activists occupying the Capitol Rotunda were arrested when they refuse to leave.
- 1990 – The Committee of Ten Thousand was founded to advocate for Americans with hemophilia who were infected with HIV/AIDS through tainted blood products.
- 1990 – The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act became law in the U.S. It was meant to help communities cope with the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- 1990 – The first Disability Pride Parade in the United States was held in Boston in 1990. The featured speaker was Karen Thompson, author of Why Can’t Sharon Kowalski Come Home? The Boston Disability Pride Parade was held again in 1991, but has not been held since. It ended with the death of lead organizer, Diana Viets, and with the move of co-organizer Catherine Odette to Madison, Wisconsin.
- 1990 – In Washington v. Harper the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the involuntary medication of correctional facility inmates only under certain conditions as determined by established policy and procedures.
- 1990 – Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit (ADAPT) changed its focus to advocating for personal assistance services, changing its name to American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT).
- 1990 – The (American) Education for All Handicapped Children Act was amended and renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This Act contains a permanently authorized grant program that provides federal funding to the states; all states that receive these federal funds are required to provide a “free, appropriate public education” to all children with disabilities in the “least restrictive environment.” 
- 1991 – Prior to 1991, the Federal Medicaid program paid for services only if a person lived in an institution. The approval of Federal Medicaid Waiver programs allowed states to provide services to consumers in their homes and in their communities.
- 1992 – Amendments to the (American) Rehabilitation Act of 1973 were infused with the philosophy of independent living.
- 1992 – In Greer vs. Rome City School District (11th Circuit Court, 1992), the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court stated “Before the school district may conclude that a handicapped child should be educated outside of the regular classroom it must consider whether supplemental aids and services would permit satisfactory education in the regular classroom.” The court also said that the district cannot refuse to serve a child because of added cost, and that school officials must share placement considerations with the child’s parents at the IEP meeting before a placement is determined.
- 1992 – In Foucha v. Louisiana, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the continued commitment of an insanity acquittee who was not suffering from a mental illness was unconstitutional.
- 1992 – In Riggins v. Nevada, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a defendant has the right to refuse psychiatric medication which is given to mitigate their psychiatric symptoms while they are on trial.
- 1993 – The American Indian Disability Legislation Project was established to collect data on Native American disability rights laws and regulations.
- 1993 – Robert Williams was appointed Commissioner of the (American) Administration on Developmental Disabilities. He was the first developmentally disabled person to be named the Commissioner.
- 1993 – In Holland v. Sacramento City Unified School District, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court affirmed the right of disabled children to attend public school classes with non-disabled children. The ruling was a major victory in the ongoing effort to ensure enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- 1993 – 3 men were convicted of sexually assaulting a mentally retarded woman in New Jersey, despite attempts by the prosecution to depict the young woman as an aggressive “Lolita”.
- 1993 – The U.S. Congress explicitly authorized the creation of special needs trusts so that people with disabilities could maintain their public benefits and also have access to other funds.
- 1993 – In Oberti vs. Board of Education of the Borough of Clementon School District (3rd Circuit Court, 1993), the U.S. Third Circuit Court upheld the right of Rafeal Oberti, a boy with Down syndrome, to receive his education in his regular neighborhood school with adequate and necessary supports, placing the burden of proof for compliance with IDEA’s mainstreaming requirements on the school district and the state rather than on the family. The federal judge who decided the case endorsed full inclusion, writing “Inclusion is a right, not a special privilege for a select few.” 
- 1993 – The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 became law in the U.S., and it required states with disabled service agencies to have them act as disabled voter registration agencies as well.
- 1993 – In the case Mavis v. Sobol, a New York court found school efforts for placement in a regular classroom were inadequate because the school had not provided a behavior management plan or training for staff to help modify the regular curriculum to meet the student’s needs.
- 1993 – Godinez v. Moran, 509 U.S. 389 (1993), was a landmark decision in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that if a defendant was competent to stand trial, they were automatically competent to plead guilty, and thereby waive the panoply of trial rights, including the right to counsel.
- 1995 – Justice for All was organized by Justin Dart and others in Washington, D.C., in order to advocate against calls to amend or repeal the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- 1995 – The American Association of People with Disabilities was founded in Washington, D.C.
- 1995 – The American film When Billy Broke His Head… and Other Tales of Wonder, by Billy Golfus, premiered on PBS. It highlighted the disability rights movement.
- 1995 – The U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, ruled in Helen L. v. Snider that continued institutionalization of a disabled Pennsylvania woman, when not medically necessary and where there was the option of home care, was a violation of her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Disability rights advocates perceived this ruling as a landmark decision regarding the rights of people in nursing homes to personal assistance services.
- 1995 – Sandra Jensen was denied a heart-lung transplant by the Stanford University School of Medicine in California because she had Down syndrome. After pressure from disability rights activists, Stanford U School of Medicine administrators reversed their decision. In 1996, Jensen became the first person with Down syndrome to receive a heart-lung transplant.
- 1995 – The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) became law in the U.S., and it required all offices in the legislative branch to make their public services, programs, activities, and places of public accommodation accessible to members of the public who have disabilities, as well as declaring that employees of Congress cannot be discriminated against in personnel actions because of a disability.
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