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Old 02-14-2013, 06:12 PM
 
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I am thinking about relocating with my two children to Colorado. My oldest has classic/severe autism (school districts, schools, behavior therapy, etc) and I was wondering which area has good services and resources for kids/people with autism??

Fort Collins?? Colorado Springs?? Denver?? I'm thinking obviously Denver but am curious about Fort Collins and Colorado Springs as well.

Thank you in advance!
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:26 AM
 
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Cherry Creek school district (south and south east Denver), Boulder Valley Schools (lafayette, Louisville, superior), Poudre School district, st Vrain School district (Longmont, Frederick, Firestone), and one of the school districts in Colorado Springs all have autism only programs. Many of the other school districts will tell you they have similar programs but after years of research and talking to parents around the state those are the only true programs, and some of them struggle with funding every year.

That being said I think if you have a choice between Colorado and other areas I would look to other areas, Colorado is known for having below average available services for autistic kids, and the CES waiver (waiver to help pay for therapy) has something like a 6 year waiting list last I checked. there is a reason Colorado is always rated in the bottom half for special needs kids, and I have seen studies showing them in the bottom 5.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:49 AM
 
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Cherry Creek school district (south and south east Denver), Boulder Valley Schools (lafayette, Louisville, superior), Poudre School district, st Vrain School district (Longmont, Frederick, Firestone), and one of the school districts in Colorado Springs all have autism only programs. Many of the other school districts will tell you they have similar programs but after years of research and talking to parents around the state those are the only true programs, and some of them struggle with funding every year.

That being said I think if you have a choice between Colorado and other areas I would look to other areas, Colorado is known for having below average available services for autistic kids, and the CES waiver (waiver to help pay for therapy) has something like a 6 year waiting list last I checked. there is a reason Colorado is always rated in the bottom half for special needs kids, and I have seen studies showing them in the bottom 5.
Where are getting the bottom 5 or bottom half statistics from out of curiosity? It's hard to find any statistics online for states with the exception of very old research.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Eastern Colorado
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Where are getting the bottom 5 or bottom half statistics from out of curiosity? It's hard to find any statistics online for states with the exception of very old research.
I did a lot of research a couple of years ago before my business started to take off and it became impossible for me to move at this time. While most of them are not autism specific, they are usually done by organizations advocating for special needs children, but to warn you they all have an agenda that they are pushing so some of the rankings are basically worthless as they only look at one part of the care these kids need.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:06 PM
 
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I did a lot of research a couple of years ago before my business started to take off and it became impossible for me to move at this time. While most of them are not autism specific, they are usually done by organizations advocating for special needs children, but to warn you they all have an agenda that they are pushing so some of the rankings are basically worthless as they only look at one part of the care these kids need.
Got ya, makes sense. I have been researching a lot myself because we are relocating/opening a second location of our business. "No place in perfect" has become obvious about every place we look. We have also discovered that every time a place gets a lot of high rankings for special needs or autism that people flock there and the funding gets pushed to the brink leaving a less accommodating location in its tracks. I suspect AZ the new autism "it" place won't be good in a few years because they will get an influx.
Congrats on your business taking off BTW.
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