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Old 04-05-2008, 05:15 PM
 
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Hello,
I have a 7 year old son that has autism. He currently goes to a private school for children with specal needs in fayetteville. My mom is currently paying the tuition as we can not afford it. Next year she will not be able to do and we will have to foot the bill ourselves.
We are also expecting our second child (girl) on August 5, 08.
Needless to say we are going to need financial assistance in paying for my son's tuition.
To top it off, we live in Clayton County, GA and if you live in the Atlanta area, you know that clayton county schools is in risk of losing its accreditation. Sending my son back to clayton county is not an option.

Does anyone know of any grants, scholarships, etc. that will help pay for his tuition.

Thank you,
Dee
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:18 AM
 
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Dee

GA has special needs scholarships but you must spend in a year in public school. See here...

Georgia Department of Education - Policy (http://www.gadoe.org/sb10.aspx - broken link)

The bill that would have given vouchers to Clayton County students failed on the last day of the session. (I believe this is because Fayette and Henry legislators killed it even though the bill said may accept the student not that they had to.)

Have you spoken with the school?

How severe are your child's needs? Could you homeschool him for a year? If so, you could enroll in GA's virtual charter school, get him an IEP and then the following year you would eligible for the scholarships.

Georgia Virtual Academy
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:26 AM
 
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Default Grants/Scholarships for my son that has autism

Hello lastminutemom,
Thank you so much for your reply.
My son does receive the SB10 scholarship; however, it only pays for barely 5% of his tuition.

I obviously need a lot more than that and I have been calling, emailing everywhere to find someone that will help pay for his tuition.
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:09 AM
 
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IF you have SB 10, you should be able to transfer him to a public school with no out of pocket costs but transportation. Of course, finding a system that will take him may be a challenge.

Have you spoken with Jeff in the SB 10 office? He is suppose to be very nice. I also think there is another staff person now.

Do you know of any Fayette or Henry County programs that would work for your son?

If so, I might inquire with the state about the process of transferring into those programs.

I am sorry I don't know much about grants for individuals.

Have you inquired at the school?

The other problem, long term, is that you will need this aid ongoing, I am guessing. This is why a public school transfer might work for you.
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Old 04-14-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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do you know of autism/aba private schools?

i've only found one...

thanks
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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Hello,

Where do you live?
My son's school is an ABA participant..

Please let me know.
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Last edited by atlantagreg30127; 04-01-2011 at 10:19 PM..
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Hampton, GA
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Default Parent in Clayton County

Hi - I live in Clayton county so I know what you mean. My daughter has Down syndrome and I am looking to put her in a private school in Fayetteville as well. I got a call from them on yesterday informing me that she was awarded $2,943 in scholarship money and I don't know how much the SB 10 will for this year. So, I will be responsible for the remaining balance which will be about $9,000 to $10,000. I can't afford that, I am a single parent and I DO NOT want her back in Clayton county public school system.

There is another school located in Griffin, Stepping Stones. I have spoken with them and another parent who's son attends. It would be an option for me but I work in Midtown and it just will be a bit much. Try them and see if they will meet your sons needs. Their tuition is only about $6,000 a year. I wish I could send my daughter there and now I've paid the $300 fee for the school in Fayetteville so I would lose that all together.

Let me know if you contact Stepping Stones and what you think of them.

Take care
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:57 PM
 
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Default Vouchers for special needs students

Check with the Georgia dept. of Education. I believe the governor passed a law making vouchers available to special needs students to attend private school when public education cannot meet their needs. Good luck!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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I have a 8year old son with autism and he needs help in school. He is going to a henry county school right now but it not working,becacause he needs that one on one attn. I think if he went to a private school he could get that attn. Someone help because i cant afford it on my own, so thats why i need a grant.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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go to this website...

I presume your child has an IEP, right?

Special Needs Scholarship Program
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