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Unread 05-03-2008, 09:50 AM
 
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Default Best state to move into for special Ed-Autism

We are currently in Kansas and very disappointed with the public schools uncooperative nature for my autistic 7yr old. SHe is in a private school but I really want to work on getting her mainstreamed ASAP.
My husband is an Aerospace Engg.
So, what would be the best state/city to move into for the special Ed good public schools where there are aerospace companies.

Thanks
Urvashi
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Unread 05-03-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm moving this to special needs, as there have been similar questions answered there are you are like to get more info.
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Unread 06-03-2008, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Washington
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Thought you might find these links interesting/helpful:
Educational Options for a Child with Autism -- Education and Autism
Public School for Children with Autism - Autism School - Autism Education
Web Sites About Public Education and Autism
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Unread 06-04-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: The Poconos
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I say it everytime someone asks this question. We couldnt ask for better than what we get here in Pennsylvania. We've considered moving back to NY a few times for family reasons, but overall it comes back to our son and his needs, and PA is great for that reason.
Lockheed Martin is here, but there are a few aerospace places in NJ as well(hubby is a satellite engineer in nj). NJ is well known for autism services too, but I cant personally speak for them.
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Unread 06-16-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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St. Louis has a great school--Special School District--which is administered thru the individual schools in the outlying districts. They really know what they're doing. As for aerospace jobs--I don't know if McDonnell Douglas still has jobs here or not.
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Unread 08-07-2008, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Carlisle PA
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Being the parent of an autistic child I can speak to Pennsylvania in general for services.
On July 9th Governor Rendell signed into law bill HB1150. The law is now referred to as ACT 62. What this bill does is FINALLY force private insurance companies to cover "proven" therapies for the treatment of autism. The proven therapies include ABA (applied behavior analysis), Occupational, Speech and Physical therapies. Non-proven are yet to be covered, however with the law signed (going into effect July 1, 2009) when research proves other therapies such as bio-medical (amino-acids, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals), HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy, used for wound healing and divers who get the bends) and the more "natural" approach to healing our kids bodies that have been wrecked from the genetic predisposition, environmental toxins and vaccines, it will be much easier to get them attached to the law. PA now has the STRONGEST insurance coverage bill in the country. A very proud distinction for those in the autism community that worked this bill for almost 2 years.

Another UNIQUE distinction that no other state in the country has is Pennsylvania has a waiver program for adults (over 21) with autism. This will help to off set the cost of housing, job training, and medical costs for individuals with autism that are over 21.

So for those thinking of relocating because you have an autistic child and you want better services Pennsylvania is the state to be. For those living in PA now who have an autistic child(ren) PA is now number 1 in the country. You don't need to move.

Reference to the new law can be found at: http://drnpa.org/File/autisminsurance.pdf (broken link).

There are certain exemptions to this law. The number 1 is if you work for an employer (or are an employer) with 51 or less employees they/you are exempt from this law. This and the other exemptions are in the referenced PDF listed above.

BTW the signing ceremony took place at my son's school. Yet another feather in the cap of the Vista school. For anyone here interested in the Vista school their website address is: The Vista School
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Unread 01-01-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Leonardtown, MD
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Default Autism Waiver for over 21

Deb,

You link gave info on children under 18 but nothing over 21. Do you have any info on the wording of the law for adults. We currently live in MD but I am considering a move to PA because there is better opportunity for me jobwise and apparently it looks like it would be better for my son. He is currently 16 but I am thinking long term for him. I have to wait for the real estate market to get better but I hope to move to PA before June 2010.

Thanks,

Tom
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Unread 01-01-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Carlisle PA
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Exclamation Adult Waiver Program for Autism

Tom,

Pennsylvania is the ONLY state right now that has adult waiver program specifically for those with autism. Click the following link to access that information: Autism Waiver (http://tinyurl.com/2cpvyw - broken link).

Hope the info helps you.

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Unread 01-02-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Leonardtown, MD
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Default Thanks

Deb,

Thanks for the info. It does look like the prospects are good in PA. I have to figure out if it makes sense to live in one of the counties that are in the pilot program. For once it may seem I am in the right place at the right time. By 2013 they should have some of the problems ironed out and hopefully broaden the services to include other counties.

Thanks,

Tom
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Unread 01-09-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Leonardtown, MD
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Default Best County in PA

Any suggestions for what is the best county in PA to receive autism services for high school and adults? There seems to be a vast difference in what you receive depending on the county in MD.
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