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Old 03-21-2010, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Winchester, MA
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Hi,
I'm writing on behalf of a friend who has a unique family. She and her husband are caucasian and have adopted African American children with many special education and special health care needs. The childrens' disabilities include autism, mood disorder, ADD, mild CP and a progressive multi-system disease that will involve nursing care in the school (for tube feeding, etc.) She will be moving to North Carolina soon and is attempting to decide between Greensboro, Chapel Hill and Raleigh.

I am wondering whether anyone here could comment on (1) whether Greensboro would be a good place for a racially blended family to settle, i.e. will her children be accepted and is Greensboro diverse (without having too many "inner city" type problems)? (2) Is it possible to buy a 4 BR/2.5 Single family home in the $200K range? and (3) Does Greensboro have good special education programming? By this, I would mean that parents are able to obtain good placements and support services for their children without too much opposition from the school districts and the school districts seem to be adequately funded.

Any comments related to these topics would be most appreciated! My friend's other choices are Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Would those places be more or less suitable for her than Greensboro in light of the above?

Thanks so much!
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:36 PM
 
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Housing wouldn't be a problem. She could find a nice, spacious house for a decent amount of money.
Greensboro is a very livable and in most places family oriented place, so if your friend decides to move here I'm sure she will have plenty to do with her family. People here aren't too judgemental, however you will find the racist people that you'll find anywhere else. Where is your friend coming from?
As far as schools go, I'm afraid I can't help you much, since I don't have children with special needs, however I will say the schools are decent for children without special needs.
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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1. Yes. The city's demographics make it very diverse.
2. $200k should buy you a 4br home, although probably not new construction unless you look outside of the city limits.
3. Yes. The school board just voted to build two new autism wings in different areas of the system. The public school system is also home to Gateway Education Center, a nationally renowned school for children with exceptionally special needs. They serve kids from birth to 22 years of age and most if not all are taught based upon an individualized education plan.

Best of luck to your friend.

GCS Online (http://www.gcsnc.com/schools/alt/gateway/index.html - broken link)
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Winchester, MA
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Thank you so much! I will be sure to pass this along. If there are any special ed parents out there, we'd love to here what you think of Greensboro special ed (or Raleigh or Chapel Hill). The new autism wings are promising as that does display some commitment to improving autism programming.

Thanks again.
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