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Old 06-17-2007, 09:47 PM
 
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Hello everyone, my family wants to relocate from Michigan to GA and needs to find a school for a special needs child 11 yrs old with spinal bifida. Which school system is better? Also, I looking for a ranch style home in a area thats great for family living. Thanking you in advance.

sue

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Old 06-18-2007, 05:57 AM
 
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GA Dept of Education/Exceptional Students>>>>
Welcome to the Georgia Department of Education - Exceptional Students

There are 5/6 counties/school systems in the metro Atlanta area and services may vary.

If you had any idea of which part of the metro area you might choose that would be helpful. Many transplants choose either Cobb County or Gwinnett. Cobb is NW and Gwinnett NE of the city of Atlanta.

hth

sls
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:19 AM
 
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Sue

Are you dependent on medicaid or a waiver for your child's services? If so, please be aware that things are very difficult here in Georgia right now for families of children with disabilities...

Please let me know and I will provide more information.
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:20 PM
 
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GA Dept of Education/Exceptional Students>>>>
Welcome to the Georgia Department of Education - Exceptional Students

There are 5/6 counties/school systems in the metro Atlanta area and services may vary.

If you had any idea of which part of the metro area you might choose that would be helpful. Many transplants choose either Cobb County or Gwinnett. Cobb is NW and Gwinnett NE of the city of Atlanta.

hth

sls

Thanks for the information, I called the school system today to get some informations on the school and it was pretty helpful. I really appreciate the comments it allows me to make better decisions.

Sue

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Old 06-19-2007, 02:24 PM
 
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Lastminutemom,

Will you please elaborate on your above post?
Thanks!
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:28 PM
 
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Sue

Are you dependent on medicaid or a waiver for your child's services? If so, please be aware that things are very difficult here in Georgia right now for families of children with disabilities...

Please let me know and I will provide more information.
Yes he's dependent on medicaid and will have to transfer it from Michigan to Georgia. I was able to inquirer about any special insurance he could receive and the Mylco clinic in Atlanta told me about a Katty Beckett waiver program that is broke right now. So for right now he will continue to be on medicaid.
Any other information would be of helpful and my decision making.

Thanks,

Sue
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:41 PM
 
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Thumbs up I'm glad they were helpful

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Thanks for the information, I called the school system today to get some informations on the school and it was pretty helpful. I really appreciate the comments it allows me to make my better decisions.

Sue

My heart goes out to you and anyone who is trying to find such assistance.

If you have other questions jusk ask--posters in this forum will try to help.

sls
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:16 PM
 
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Katie Beckett is a mess right now -- and if your child doesn't already qualify for Medicaid, it can be difficult to do so -- especially if your income is too high.

I would not be totally surprised, if in the next few years, GA doesn't opt out of Beckett -- the federal gov't doesn't require it -- it has become a runaway spending machine --

Right now, if you do get Beckett, you have to reapply every 3 to 6 months -- the full packet -- doctors records, therapist letters, it is a real burded and a real mess.

Additionally, therapy is,as I understand it, only being allocated in a small batch -- and then you have to get approval for more. It has become so burdensome that many therapists have dropped or are considering dropping their contract to accept Medicaid/Beckett patients.

Also, I cannot stress enough, that Georgia public schools don't have a great record with special education students. If you have a good situation where you are, you need to consider whether moving to Georgia is the right strategy.

We have a real shortage of qualified special ed teachers, a real issue in the training of classroom teachers related to mainstreaming and many of our school systems are simply growing so fast, they can't keep up.
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:40 PM
 
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Katie Beckett is a mess right now -- and if your child doesn't already qualify for Medicaid, it can be difficult to do so -- especially if your income is too high.

I would not be totally surprised, if in the next few years, GA doesn't opt out of Beckett -- the federal gov't doesn't require it -- it has become a runaway spending machine --

Right now, if you do get Beckett, you have to reapply every 3 to 6 months -- the full packet -- doctors records, therapist letters, it is a real burded and a real mess.

Additionally, therapy is,as I understand it, only being allocated in a small batch -- and then you have to get approval for more. It has become so burdensome that many therapists have dropped or are considering dropping their contract to accept Medicaid/Beckett patients.

Also, I cannot stress enough, that Georgia public schools don't have a great record with special education students. If you have a good situation where you are, you need to consider whether moving to Georgia is the right strategy.

We have a real shortage of qualified special ed teachers, a real issue in the training of classroom teachers related to mainstreaming and many of our school systems are simply growing so fast, they can't keep up.
Wow so mainstreaming is tough I'll let my mom know, when I talked to the Atlanta school system they told me that all of the school would he qualify for would be able to handle his needs. He's has spinal bifida and have to go to a school with a nurse to catheterize him every three to four hours during the day. So We will consider moving to Georgia but right now in Michigan the economy is dead as a door knob. people can't get jobs, the Detroit Public School systems is going bankrupt, and we thought maybe now we should jump ship lol, so is cob county school system back as well or is Atlanta schools system?
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Old 06-19-2007, 03:43 PM
 
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My heart goes out to you and anyone who is trying to find such assistance.

If you have other questions jusk ask--posters in this forum will try to help.

sls
Thanks I sure will post I want to know everything before I move to Georgia. what school system is your child in and do you like or hate it and why? And do you have kids in regular school? I home school one of my sons 15 yrs old, and my 8 yr old is in regular classes with some reading and math help.


Sue
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