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Old 01-10-2012, 12:12 PM
 
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We have the opportunity to move to the new Walter Reed this summer. We could choose to live in Fairfax County in Virginia or Montgomery County in Maryland. Our son is eight and fairly severely autistic. One of the primary reasons for moving is that my son might be able to have better services in the public or private schools than he gets here in TX. Anyone have an opinion regarding which county would be better (I think I already know the answer to this) and/or which specific schools might be good (or which to avoid)? Thanks!
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Location: The South
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Having once lived in Montgomery and Loiudoun, I can't tell you anything about Fairfax. But I know Montgomery County has extensive services available. I also knew several families in Loudoun that had children bussed to Mont because the services were not available in Loudoun. There are also numerous private school options in Montgomery County.

Best of luck.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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The toughest cases are outsourced to The Phillips Programs. I've seen buses over there from the entire area, including DC and MD. PHILLIPS
They took very good care of the student we transported 20 miles to get there.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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As far as I can tell, Montgomery County. I also believe that the autism/insurance laws are better in Maryland? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.. But we're in Loudoun County and know of a couple of families that ended up moving to MD because they could get better coverage for their kids. I know our (good) insurance doesn't cover anything for our autistic child here in VA. Good luck!!
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Default Avoid Virginia at all costs

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We have the opportunity to move to the new Walter Reed this summer. We could choose to live in Fairfax County in Virginia or Montgomery County in Maryland. Our son is eight and fairly severely autistic. One of the primary reasons for moving is that my son might be able to have better services in the public or private schools than he gets here in TX. Anyone have an opinion regarding which county would be better (I think I already know the answer to this) and/or which specific schools might be good (or which to avoid)? Thanks!
Unfortunately, Virginia is only the second worst state in the country for helping autistic children and adults--Texas is the worst. Do a forum search for NOVA and autism services. I made a lengthy post about a study done that rated the services here in Virginia a couple of years ago. You will have a battle to properly place your son in an appropriate setting in Virginia. Fairfax will likely want to place your child with ED and LD kids and many/most of the teachers are not properly trained to work with highly autistic children. If you truly have the choice I would say avoid Virginia unless you have the money for private placement but then there are no good schools in the entire area for a non-verbal child. You would be sending your child out of the community to go to school.

Community based services are disorganized to non-existent in Virginia. I cannot speak to the services in Md.

If you move to Maryland, you should consider Ivymount School. They have schools for non-verbal kids as well as highly verbal autistic kids. Ironically, some lucky parents in Virginia (and by that I mean the ones that lawyer up or ones that catch the schools doing something illegal) get private placements in Ivymount or Katherine Thomas which are both in Md. Virginia just doesn't have the right schools for autistic kids so they place them out of state. That should tell you something.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I have always heard that Maryland is better for those types of services. I have a friend with a child with autism, and she told me that many people move from VA to MD to get their services.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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Default Montgomery vs Loudon for Autism Services

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As far as I can tell, Montgomery County. I also believe that the autism/insurance laws are better in Maryland? Someone correct me if I'm wrong.. But we're in Loudoun County and know of a couple of families that ended up moving to MD because they could get better coverage for their kids. I know our (good) insurance doesn't cover anything for our autistic child here in VA. Good luck!!
We are in Montgomery Co and we were told waiting list for Medicaid Waivers for autisitc children is way longer here than in Loudon. Does anyone know?
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