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We live in NE and we finding that there is not alot of services outside the public school system. We are looking to relocate to a state that has better services for our 26 month old. DH is a dentist, so his job is very portable. Thank you for your input.
 

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Is cost a factor? If it is you want to move to a state with good autism insurance laws (that require insurance to pay for services as any other medical expense).<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<a href="http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=18246" target="_blank">http://www.ncsl.org/?tabid=18246</a> I've heard a lot (positive) about New Jersey but don't have any personal experience.<br><br>
If you have a specific therapy in mind that might influence the answers as well. If you're interested in a developmental approach to autism (vs. a behavioral approach) the places you select might change.<br><br>
For several years we would travel from Indiana to the Raleigh area of NC for RDI therapy with my son has a lot of services. We went for the RDI (great developmental approach) and I know they've got TEACCH (behavioral approach) and many other therapies and adjuncts. However, it is all out of pocket (I would assume) as insurance doesn't pay there. And autism therapies are expensive, especially the behavioral ones. I looked and NJ has a lot of RDI therapists too which makes me think they probably have a lot of a variety of different types of therapies available.
 

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Ohio has the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program, which gives children with autism 3 years old and over a $20,000 scholarship for private school tuition and therapists. The child must leave the public school district of residence and the therapist/school must be approved providers. We love the program--our son's private montessori school, his OT, and his private child psychologist that does behavior and group therapy are all covered (well, in part...the cost goes over the $20,000, but it really helps a lot).<br><br>
I believe Ohio is the only state in the country that gives that high a scholarship.
 

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Oregon sucks (where we are), California is reported to be good but depends on school dist. and it's very expensive to live there. I've heard good things about New York.
 

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Well, I have been doing some research online and it looks like WI has a nice program (35 hours/week of in home therapy). NJ seems to also rank high. My DH was born and raised there and that is currently where my inlaws live, so we would have some family support if we moved to NJ.<br><br>
Of course cost is somewhat of a factor. We still have about $400,000 in school loan debt, so our monthly expenses are high. We will do whatever we can, however for our little guy.
 

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Anyone know about AZ? We have some close friends that live there making that a nice possibilty.
 

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We are in AZ. Depending on the school district, things vary, but we're in the Gilbert school district and overall,they're really good. My 7 yo has been in the school since 3. We've had a couple of not so good experiences, but mostly it's been great.<br><br>
As far as state services, we have respite, habilitation, therapies (5 hrs/week for my 7yo, 4 hrs/wk for my 5 yo) all fully paid. They also have state insurance as secondary to our regular medical/dental, so no out of pocket medical/dental for either of them.<br><br>
I'm not here on MDC all that much anymore- but ifyou'd like to email me, for specifics, that's fine. There is also an AZ yahoo group for autism support that is great.
 

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I've heard a lot of good things about California but I think it depends where in California you live. Someone told me that in California the Placentia-Linda School District is quite good for services. So is Irvine, CA. I have no first hand knowledge though.<br><br>
New Jersey (Marlon and Mount Laurel areas) is supposed to be good. Minnesota is said to be good as well.<br><br>
If you are interested in a particular state, I would recommend joining that state's yahoo autism group and asking detailed questions about what is offered.
 

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We're in NJ and I have no complaints, but mine wasn't fully autistic--just in the spectrum. He did qualify for a 10-hour/week program through Early Intervention for AVB therapy in addition to the other therapies he was already getting.<br><br>
NJ is attempting to have districts keep special ed students IN-district vs. putting them out of district in special schools. That being said, 1) my district (which is by no means in the top half of the state) DID seek out of district placement for my son simply because he couldn't attend an afternoon program due to nap schedule; and 2) the more severe cases absolutely still get out-districted.<br><br>
We have not yet had to deal with private insurance covering too much although I know that they would've covered his listening/music therapy had we looked into whether or not the provider was in-network first. So that was our bad. And it was covered without the diagnosis being involved. I believe there is an annual cap on the amount of money the insurance companies are REQUIRED to cover annually specific to autism-related services.<br><br>
You can see about contacting <a href="http://www.aspennj.org/" target="_blank">ASPEN</a>. They're presumably an Asperger's support group but I used to attend their meetings and it was a lot of parents with kids in different areas of the spectrum. If you could find out when their next meeting is and possibly plan a trip around that date to attend and talk to other parents, that might be really helpful. I know that I planned a trip to NC around a conference for homeschooling special needs kids and got a WEALTH of parent input that made a difference in deciding if NC was a place we wanted to relocate. But call and make sure that the meeting is still on and that they still get a good number of parents there (I haven't attending in maybe 2-3 years... in Mountainside, but I think there are other locations).<br><br>
Feel free to pm if you have specific questions. I may not be able to answer them but can maybe find you a resource. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I live in NV and have been quite pleased with the NON autism services here in the 2 years we have live. We moved from CA.<br><br>
However, I have no experience yet with autism related services as my 8 year old was just recently diagnosed PDD-NOS. I do know our law stating that insurance had to cover autism related treatment is very new, signed in this year.<br><br>
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Ditto Shelbean - we do have some pretty nice state-provided services. My daughter gets 40 hours a month of habilitation and 60 hours a month of respite and my son gets 60 hours a month of habilitation and 40 hours a month of respite. I could get 60 hours a month of respite for my son but what we have now meets our needs.<br><br>
The state is going through some serious budget cuts though and I know a lot of people who are losing services or having hours cut. Thankfully we have a fantastic support coordinator and agency that oversees the hab/respite. We have well-written goals and documentation that support our reuqests for 100 hrs/month of hab/respite for each child. Our support coordinator (which is our liaison at the state, writes the ISP) is one of our kids' best advocates.<br><br>
There is also mandated health insurance coverage for ABA and other autism therapies. I don't know the specifics but if you Google Arizona Steven's Law then you'll surely find some very detailed resources.<br><br>
Oh, one last thing, if the child is over the age of six then the child must have a diagnosis of autistic disorder - 299.00; services aren't provided for children with PDD-NOS or Asperger's Syndrome diagnoses. Other qualifying diagnoses are cognitive disability (used to be called MR), epilepsy (which is how my Aspie son qualifies), and cerebral palsy.
 

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I live in OR, not so many services here.<br><br>
I moved here from the Bay Area in CA, and there were TONS of services. Many many respite hours, funding for a 1:1 aide to attend daycare or camp, funding for SN sleepaway camp, etc.
 

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I live in VA. The EI services were good but insurance covers next to nothing - not reequired to. I know a family who left here for NJ to get autism services covered.<br>
I read somewhere (??) that NJ has a high number of autistics per capita and how maybe it was something in the environment, etc. Maybe it's b/c people with autistic kids move there to get things covered!!
 

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I'm in northern CA, top of the state. We've gotten what I think are excellent services for our son, especially from our local regional center. The school district has been OK; we've had to really push for a couple of things, but not too hard.<br><br>
But, CA is in a severe budget crisis, and it's not going to be resolved quickly or easily. Some aspects of our services have already been impacted; in-home respite hours, for example, are capped now at 90 hours per quarter, and activities that are strictly recreational/social are on hold until a new consumer-choice program can be put into place. We still get ABA services for our son through the regional center, and he gets ABA-based teaching at school, with a 1-to-1 aide in the classroom.<br><br>
If you want to look into CA anyway, do your research. Specifically look up the Lanterman Act; it is the state legislation that mandates how people with developmental disabilities can get services. Here is one site that discusses it:<br><br><a href="http://www.ggrc.org/rr_lanterman_act.htm" target="_blank">http://www.ggrc.org/rr_lanterman_act.htm</a><br><br>
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I am in Phoenix, Az. We homeschool and get home based services. I have 4 of the specrtum. We have OT, PT ( which we use horse therapy), Music therapy, Repsite, Hab, and speech. We will be getting a feeding specialist soon also. They also cover diapers and pull ups.<br><br>
We moved out of state, and came back due to lack of services. My kids all quailified for long term care so everything is covered 100%. And our DDD worker is AMAZING!<br><br>
And since our housing market crashed so bad you can buy a home here for under 50K, and rents are super cheap since there are so many of them.
 

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I'm in northern CA, top of the state. We've gotten what I think are excellent services for our son, especially from our local regional center. The school district has been OK; we've had to really push for a couple of things, but not too hard.<br><br>
But, CA is in a severe budget crisis, and it's not going to be resolved quickly or easily. Some aspects of our services have already been impacted; in-home respite hours, for example, are capped now at 90 hours per quarter, and activities that are strictly recreational/social are on hold until a new consumer-choice program can be put into place. We still get ABA services for our son through the regional center, and he gets ABA-based teaching at school, with a 1-to-1 aide in the classroom.<br><br>
wow, that's amazing. you would never get that in OR
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am in Phoenix, Az. We homeschool and get home based services. I have 4 of the specrtum. We have OT, PT ( which we use horse therapy), Music therapy, Repsite, Hab, and speech. We will be getting a feeding specialist soon also. They also cover diapers and pull ups.<br><br>
We moved out of state, and came back due to lack of services. My kids all quailified for long term care so everything is covered 100%. And our DDD worker is AMAZING!<br><br>
And since our housing market crashed so bad you can buy a home here for under 50K, and rents are super cheap since there are so many of them.</div>
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If I may ask, where did you move ?
 

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