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Old 01-30-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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Does anyone know how California's Bay area and North Carolina's Research Triangle area rate? We may also be facing relocation, which is a shame as we are now in what I consider a mecca for people with autism: Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is one of the National Centers for autism - lots of research, treatments, services, programs for all ages, and state-mandated insurance coverage.

Also, while schools that specialize in children w/ autism are crucial for many families, I am most interested in knowing about cities (particularly San Fran Bay area, NC Research Triangle area, Boston or nearby area) that have school districts that are tuned into the needs of high-functioning kids with autism who are mostly or completely mainstreamed but still require follow-through with accommodations and a conscientious IEP process. And non-school programs such as social skills, job coaching, etc.

Thanks!
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:13 AM
 
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I have the exact same question! We are thinking of relocating to the Bay Area, and have an option of returning to the Triangle area (right now in FL), so I'm interested to hear what people think of your question. I do believe that currently, NC does not have mandated insurance, and CA has a law which, if it passes, will go into effect Jan. of 2012.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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I'd say MA/CT/NY/NJ

High taxes pay well for that kind of stuff.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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Maryland is not a great place to live if you have a child with autism. you have to fight tooth and nail just to get decent services. In NJ we get all our services for free along with a 1 on 1 aid in the class room, and after school home therapy. also E.S.Y. during the summer.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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I don't know this from direct experience - I don't have autism, or a child with autism. I have a friend who moved to the NC Triangle with his son specifically for the reason, and I do recall him telling me that the medical facilities in the area - Duke and UNC - are top-notch. I got the impression that the school systems in the area might lag behind, but that depends on where you are - Chapel Hill/Carrboro's schools might be most appropriate, but you'll pay a pretty penny to live in Chapel Hill - the median home price is twice the state median.

Either way, I would say that the area should be researched, and if possible, visited.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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Atlanta

Marcus Autism Center
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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Maryland is not a great place to live if you have a child with autism. you have to fight tooth and nail just to get decent services. In NJ we get all our services for free along with a 1 on 1 aid in the class room, and after school home therapy. also E.S.Y. during the summer.

Would you mind me asking you where in NJ I should look into? I'm also from NJ, but moved out 8 yrs ago. My husband would love to move back. I hear Brick is a good area for kids with special needs. My son has high functioning autism.
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