Best State for Autism Services

Pam - posted on 01/29/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I may soon have to look for work in another state, I'm currently in Michigan where there is 14 percent unemployment. I have a 5 year old daughter with Autism, currently in Kindergarten. She also gets some ABA, speech, and OT services from a local agency.

Wondering if anyone will share what the services are like in your state and how they are funded...for example, does insurance cover it, is there a state funded program? I am particularly interested in Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism.

Any one know of states that have good school programs as well?

Thanks,
Pam

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Heidi - posted on 02/01/2010

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Im in California and we have some wonderful services. We have state funded Regional Centers that help provide speech, OT, after school programs, psychiatry, assessments, respite services so that you can get a break occasionally, etc. Our County Superintendent of Schools also has county special education classes that are held at different locations. These are different than the local schools Spec. Ed classes in that they are specifically designed to be high staff to student ratio, very small class sizes (my son is 1st grade and he is in a class with 5 students and 3 staff), modified curriculum, specialized training for all the staff, speech therapy, OT depending on the site and IEP. We also have at least 1 private school especially designed for ABA (most county programs use forms of it) and the state/ county will fund for a child if that is where they will get the most beneficial education.

Hope this helps :)

Kristine - posted on 05/01/2013

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Where in California? We are in california as well but that is not the case. We want to move to NC but we are from here and all our family are still here in CA. Please help. Thanks

A - posted on 03/04/2014

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MISSOURI. I went through all of this about 3 years ago. I spent 8 months researching the different States. At the time we were living in Utah which has the highest Autism rates in the country but they rank #2 in the US for the worst Autism resources/services. Missouri ranks #3 in the country for the best resources. We packed up our family shortly after our kids were diagnosed and moved out here. AMAZING experience. I don't know that my kids would be where they are had we not moved out here. (Park Hill School District) My severely autistic daughter was thought to be non verbal well she is talking up a storm now thanks to all of the help she has received. If you have any ore questions, I run an Autism FB page. Feel free to contact me here: https://www.facebook.com/AutismJourney or here: http://therestulipsinholland.blogspot.co...

Nissa - posted on 03/24/2010

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I am from Wisconsin and recently talked to a yooper who has an autistic son. Up there she can't find any help or assistance for her kid so she brings him here (to Green Bay) once a month so she can be taught how to work on different programs with him at home. Wisconsin is one of the top rated states for autism therapy and assistance. Insurance companies now are required by law to cover therapies. I use WEAP (Wisconsin Early Autism Project) for my son but there is also Innovation and many other groups that will come to your home and do therapy with your child.

Bonnie - posted on 02/09/2014

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We moved to SD from Fargo, ND, and I wish we had never left. We had respite care, Medicaid, outside services, summer programming, and the schools were stellar. In SD, teachers do not have to be trained in special education to teach it. Appalling. Teachers in ND are highly qualified. Check out Fargo! Cost of living is low, too. My son is 12 and severely autistic.

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Patricia - posted on 03/29/2015

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Yes, and that's why I will be trying to relocate to AZ from North Carolina. I wondered if I should make the move since it is, so far, now looking at the help and programs they give to these children, I see it is worth it,

I had lived in Forsyth County, NC. In Feburary I moved to Rowan County, NC they offer limited basic of what my son needs. NC Education really destroyed the IEP program with education cuts. It is Patching however the teachers do their best with what they have to work with. Applied Behavior Analysis for Autism, Amos Cottage in Winston Salem,
North Carolina I have nothing but good things to say about them.
But that's a small piece of pie , for every thing our children need in NC.

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Charlottemuhammad48 - posted on 09/27/2014

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ATL GA. IS THE PLACE THEY HELP OUT WITH A LOTS OF THINGS AND MEDICAID PAY FOR THE DAY CARE AND THERE PULL UPS THANKS TO GOD HOPE THIS WILL HELP OUT SOME AND THEY ALSO HAVE GOOD SCHOOL

Charlottemuhammad48 - posted on 09/27/2014

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ATL GA, HAVE GOOD SERVICES FOR KID THAT HAVE AUTISM AND MEDICAID PAY FOR EVERYTHING I HAVE ONE OF MY 3 YEARS OLD GRAND GO TO DAYCARE AND STATE PAY FOR HIM TO GO THERE STATE ALSO PAY FOR THERE PULL UPS AND PAY FOR MY 10 YEARS OLD FOR A PAIR SNEAKER ONCE YEARS AND THEY HELP OUT WITH LOTS OF OTHER THINGS THANK GOD FOR ALL THE HELP FROM ATL GA.

Mandi - posted on 03/30/2014

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I'm in south shore MA. And we have gotten nowhere for services for my son. He has an IEP. And that's it. The teacher is exhausted but head of special Ed wants her to keep trying different things all year long and we are getting nowhere. I'm so upset. I thought this was the state to be in if your child was on the spectrum.

Alexander - posted on 12/19/2013

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You could consider Massachusetts. It has some great support systems for kids with Autism. Also the government insurance pays for most of the basic services. My son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He gets speech, OT, behavioral services, school, evaluations, daily aide, etc., and I am yet to pay for any of this. Day care as well as in-home services are also available.

Sharlene - posted on 12/10/2011

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Im from Aust,Our goveroment is funded for all service's for Autsim.cheers

Annette - posted on 02/15/2011

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When you say fight What did you have to do? I have asked for ot for many years but they say my son doesn't need it

Cori - posted on 01/20/2011

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Arizona is pretty great! My kiddo is 5 and he gets preschool, kindergarten prep class, 2 Speech therapies per week, 1 PT, 1OT session per week, Hab M which is a Habilitation worker with a Masters degree that comes 2.5 hours per week to set up an in home program. And, respite hours. Great services!

Pam - posted on 03/24/2010

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Thanks so much everyone! I'll keep all this information in mind if I have to look somewhere else for work.

Ilene - posted on 03/02/2010

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I'm in Maryland -- Montgomery Cty, to be specific (DC suburbs). Everything around here is county-based and Montgomery County is AMAZING for early intervention services. My twins on the spectrum just turned 3, so I can't speak for school-age services but we have been pleased with everything that has been available to us. My daughter received 1-on-1 ABA for about 5 months before turning 3 and is now in an ABA-based full-day preschool. My son didn't respond to ABA but did well in the early intervention preschool and is now doing very well in a private program (contracted by the county schools) which is kind of a mixed-bag of techniques (also full day program). I know there are options for kindergarten, but since we are still over 2 years away, I haven't looked into it too seriously. But I've heard from MANY that this is a GREAT area to be if you have special needs children, regardless of why they are classified as such.

If you are considering Maryland, be VERY careful about the county you are looking at -- our neighboring county (Prince George) doesn't have anywhere NEAR the same reputation as Montgomery and you have to provide proof of residency in order to get services from any specific locale.

Good luck!!!!
Ilene

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2010

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Nashville area... Vanderbilt is cutting edge on autism research and education. Sumner county, just North of Nashville has a great school system that implements ABA, PECS, Token System, OT, and other things into their special ed program. Vanderbilt (TRIAD) Is our saving grace along with lots of community support!

Jenn - posted on 02/25/2010

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I, too have been looking at out of state options as I live in Michigan as well. Our son is 3 years old, soon to be 4 in July and he goes to a special education school in which he gets speech, OT and is in a classroom designed for children with autism and does one day a week outside speech therapy. I haven't been really successful in finding much information myself, but wish you luck in your search.

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2010

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Hi Pam,

I am also in California, but have had to fight for everything I have for my son here. I would say of the four states I have lived in (California, Colorado, Oregon, and Iowa), Iowa is the best. They have many state funded programs including waivers to help you get what is necessary for your child. My girlfriend just had a bathroom remodel in her home that was paid for by a state waiver to make it more suitable for her autistic son.

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