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Old 08-03-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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If anyone has any links to getting some sort of state aid, let me know, please. I heard somewhere you can get some help with a special ed. child (maybe just a small stipend to help pay for their therapy or something.)

Thanks very much.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:56 PM
 
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Depends entirely on what state you are in. There is no federal aid. There are lists you can get on for waivers for some aid, but they are often quite long. If your income is above the poverty level, you will only get aid if you get to the top of a wait list *or* if your state has a specific law that provides aid. Not many do, but a few have special needs scholarships.

Pennsylvania was supposed to be really good, but it is not working the way it was supposed to work. New Jersey and Wisconsin are also supposed to be good as is California. But California is cutting way back.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:38 AM
 
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I live in PA and get state aid for my AS son with no problem at all. We also tried to apply for Medicare disability, but our income was too high. The state aid lasts until age 21, then he will have to sign up for the adult waiver program, which has a long waiting list and no guarantee he'll ever get it.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:30 PM
 
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If anyone has any links to getting some sort of state aid, let me know, please. I heard somewhere you can get some help with a special ed. child (maybe just a small stipend to help pay for their therapy or something.)

Thanks very much.
You really can't get aid until your child is 18, then he qualifies for all kinds of programs (job-training, Medicare, SS Disability). What you can get before age 18, is federally and state-mandated education accomodations for special needs children. If your local school district does not provide the services your child requires, they may be required to reimburse you for the cost of private services. Check with your school district and local advocacy groups.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:08 PM
 
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Have you tried looking into TEFRA?
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:19 PM
 
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None of the above is good advice.
Go to your state's website and look for the Div. of Developmental Disabilities.
Every state has one. Its federally funded and state funded. Income (yours) does not matter.
Find the intake phone # and call them. Tell them you need to apply for services for your son.
From there, you will get what he needs. If he is school age, the schools will ALSO provide service. Free.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:30 AM
 
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You can get SSI if you have a disabled child - federally funded in every state, your income does matter. Then some states offer an additional state grant - could be $4 (yes, you read that right) or $89
or something else. I'm not sure if state portion continues into adulthood.
After 18, they have to requalify for SSD and they review every few years - I think its 3 yrs. At that point your income doesn't matter.

Pretty much anything else depends on the state and the county. It can vary dramatically.
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