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Old 09-22-2017, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Iowa City, IA
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Dave198112, best of luck on your upcoming move. Generally, people think pretty highly of public education in Iowa City, and we just recently passed a large bond measure for much needed additional funding. Iowa City has the second fastest growing school district in the state. Perhaps some of the people in this organization will be able to help you identify specific schools where they have been happy with the services their children receive: Calendar of Upcoming Events | The Iowa City Autism Community

As far as what areas are "best" for living with an autistic child, I think you'll find those criteria to be much the same as any place you might live with a child: a neighborhood where you feel comfortable, other children nearby, convenient distance to preferred schools, easy access to shopping, close to parks, walking trails etc. Something else to consider (for yourself), is finding a home close to a bus line. Parking is always in short supply downtown/campus area, commuter lots can be quite a haul, and riding the bus will keep your pocket free of a lot of parking tickets!

I hope this helps!
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Dave, I'm from Columbus (OH). I agree with the poster above: you really need to consider your child's well-being. Services in OH for autism in Franklin CO alone are 100% better than anything you'll find in Iowa City. Iowa is simply not addressing these issues on the same scale, nor do I expect that to change much.

Normally, I encourage my fellow Ohioans to make the move because IC has a lot to offer families but not as much for special needs children.

But don't take our word for it! Do you own boots-on-the-ground research. You may find a doctor and a program that will work for as long as you are here in grad school. Just be aware that mental health and special needs are not priorities of Gov. Reynolds and her administration and you won't be disappointed.
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