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Old 11-15-2013, 10:52 AM
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I know there have been threads on this topic in the past, however, I've noticed most of them are several years old and I was wondering if services have improved in recent years.

My family and I are hoping to move to the Charlotte area soon and we are curious about which counties in the area offer the best services for children with Autism. I've read various posts discussing special education programs in counties such as: Mecklenburg, Union, York, Lancaster, and Cabarrus. The overall consensus seems to be that while some counties are better than others, parents have overall been disappointed with the teachers and services offered in these programs (however, once again, many of these posts are from several years ago).

I'm just wondering if anyone has any insight or recommendations as to where the best services are offered in counties in or surrounding Charlotte. I feel as though it's important to try and get information straight from residents and parents in this area given that you all have direct experiences.

Any information is helpful!

Thanks in advanced,
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:36 AM
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In order of preference, Lancaster (Indian Land Elementary to be exact), Meck and then Union. I don't know about the others you posted.

I honestly don't like the AU or Exceptional Children (what they call Special Education here in Meck) programs in any county around here. There are private schools that are well regarded along with excellent private therapists which most of the Moms I know of AU kids ended up doing. They are very happy in the private albeit pricey sector's offerings here. I myself will be enrolling my youngest in a private school next year for this reason if my husband's job doesn't transfer close to Indian Land. (she doesn't have AU but other issues)
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:42 AM
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Thank you for this information. We have been looking into the Fort Mill area (seems nice!) so I'll be sure to take a closer look at Indian Land Elementary.
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