Best City to raise special needs child and 2 typical children.

Rachael - posted on 12/02/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi, I live in south florida and my son is 9 and has Down Syndrome. My husband and I are looking to purchase a home in the next year. However, Im trying to find by opinion and services the best cities to raise him and my other 2 children who are not special needs (8yrs and 1yr)
Im looking at services available/provided, education, and how the city is with biracial families. I am a nurse and my husband is manager @ home depot. So looking also for a good place for those types of jobs as well. Im worried about how my son will transition in middle and high school since here is south florida the education system goes really down hill after elementary. :(

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Belinda - posted on 06/17/2013

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Hi, I'm a single mom living in the city of Boston I have a 5 Year old child with multiple medical disabilities. I was born and raised here in Boston but about 12 years ago my family moved away to central Florida. Being that I was not ready to make that move at that time I continued living here. However, I now have my daughter and have been recently thinking of making the move to Florida to be closer to my family as I can definately use the family support as I have no family here at all. I know Boston has the best hospitals and services as well but I really feel like being closer to my family is where i need to be at this point in both our lives. Being that my daughter is the most important thing in my life i want to be sure and making the best move. This is causing me a lot of stress. :-(

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Irina - posted on 11/26/2013

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Rachael - What did you find in your search for a great place to live? We are in the same situation with our daughter who just turned 3. We live in South Florida as well and services here seem very limited or worn out. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you - Irina

Laura - posted on 01/09/2012

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We live in MN. We moved to AZ for 3 years for my husbands job only to immediately move back to our amazing doctors and school system with great programs for our daughter who has Hydrocephalus, Cortical Visual impairment, mild CP, celiac disease, delays.

Jennifer - posted on 12/14/2011

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I live in SW WA and my son goes to Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Salmon Creek and OHSU and the hospitals are WONDERFUL with him. Salmon Creek is in Vancouver, WA and OHSU and Legacy Emanuel are in Portland, OR. There are a lot of resources that I've been able to use here too. I'm in Woodland, WA and where I used to live I'd get nasty comments about my son, here all I hear is how cute he is. :) Good Luck in your search! :)

Kimberly - posted on 12/13/2011

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My husband and I also have the same concerns when it comes to moving. We live in northern Alabama, and have considered moving elsewhere. I on the other hand am afraid to move because I feel we are in the best place possible at this point for my special needs 6 year old.

As far as getting into therapies there is not a tremendous wait list. We have several free programs for special needs children e.g. ballet classes, horseback riding lessons, art classes etc. Our city school system here is really going through a bad time right now with several budget cuts. However, we live on the outskirts of the city which puts us in a different school district and it's 100% better.

As far as being a biracial family even though this is Alabama lol , being biracial is common place around here :)

Iridescent - posted on 12/07/2011

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It truly depends on what services you foresee needing, and what programs you'd like available for your typical children. My area (Minnesota) has been excellent in some ways for my daughter with a metabolic disorder. She has her own 1:1 nurse in the classroom at all times, we have her on a CAC Waiver for home nursing, and she gets most of what she needs covered. My son, however, with multiple disorders and no clear single diagnosis, was finally just approved for a CADI Waiver but no in-home services at this time, has a 1:1 aide in the classroom that was harming him, and the school was causing him harm. The school is now under investigation by the state, and one teacher has already lost her job. We have to drive 45 miles one way to get to activities typically, and for our typical children it's even further for sports events, and this makes things quite hard. In general, the more rural the community, the better the special ed services may be, but the worse the availability for typical activities. It's a hard choice to make.

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