Hello all! I was hoping some of you could share your insight. Our toddler was diagnosed with autism a year ago. We live in TX and don't have much reason to live here (we are not originally from TX, family is scattered throughout the country). I'm trying to research the top 3-4 locations/states to consider for moving for our son's long term future (i.e. therapy/education for his childhood and resources/programs for his adulthood). We want to move somewhere we… read more
The best states are in the both for the most part. MA and NJ pretty good. I live west of Boston close to the RI boarder and the services here are good. I never reccomend being in a big city though it can be expensive. You have to first find the state and then the part of the state sometimes. The rules in the state are the same but the school district can be different. In the big cities you kind of get lost in the shuffle.
I have two children both ASD one severe and one mild and they both get services. My daughter goes to NECC New England Center for Children and is in residential. The school district pays for that because they cannot provide that care, and it costs hundreds of thousand per year. All of her intense services are there.
My son is in public and gets most of his services at school but also have home therapy once a week for anxiety kind of like an emotional therapist. He also has a mentor that comes to the house once a week. These are prescribed by his Psychiatrist and paid for my Mass Health which is Mass Medicaid. It is the best Medicaid in the country.
We also have no RX or office visit copays and we don't pay into that insurance either. It is income based so if you make a lot you don't always get top tier coverage but it is still better than anywhere else.
We also have SSI for both children, but as I have made more money year over year the have taken some money back and they get less than they did before. There is a minimum level of SSI which is a few hundred but we are not down to that yet.
Other than that as I said the North is the best.
I live in taunton ma. Had to remove my nonverbal autistic daughter. The school refused to provide year round school and refused a one to one even after my daughter nearly lost a finger in a spring board in the classroom. It was a nightmare. Shes now in private ABA 35 hours a week and just got her transportation. Depends what town you move to and your child's needs.
I live in New York and i am reluctant to move because of how accessable services are for special needs children. Cost of living is high of course. But there are a lot of agencies and good quality programs for kids with developmental disabilities here which appear to be well funded by the state. Ive never needed to use my insurance to pay for anything.
We moved to Texas because it was better than Georgia for services but we want to move again because of my job. The Great Lake states are pretty good if you can land a job because the cost of living is cheaper than the East or West coast areas.
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