(New Member)
03/22/08 12:45 PM
Missouri? how is it?

I was wondering if anyone lives in Missouri and how the service are there? Our family is thinking about moving and this one of the top places on our list. I know that it made the top five list but I would really like to know more from families that really live there and use services. We currently live in Pa (which did not make the list but is a great place for service) but the cost of living is becoming to high here. If anyone has any input I would be grateful. The area we are looking at is in Webster County.

(New Member)
03/23/08 01:26 PM
Re: Missouri? how is it?

This was posted on another forum:

As someone from Missouri which made the top five listing of Best States for Autism, let me just say that you can't believe everything you read. Missouri is NOT a good state for services for autism. I live in the No. 2 rated district in the state - Lee's Summit, just south of Kansas City. Lee's Summit is a great district for typical children but the autism population, specifically, is treated like an ugly stepchild. There are several due process hearings against Lee's Summit currently that revolve around children with autism.

The other services listed for Missouri was the Thompson Center at MU and the Judevine Consultation Center. Both of these centers are top knotch but Judevine is not state-wide. It is located in St. Louis and is only available in the middle and right side of the state. The Thompson Center only offers diagnostics and assessments. It is trying to open a school for children with autism but it is not open at present.

Joyce Lindsey

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