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      02/22/07 08:05 AM

The following message was sent to Autism Key from a parent in Ohio.

I very much enjoyed your website and found full of useful information, but I feel compelled to tell you that rating Ohio one of the top 5 is very misleading. I am an avocate for NE ohio, have a preschooler w/autism and very involved with the autism community. The autism waiver is not up and running and each county has the option to opt in or out (which most are out) because of the 60/40 match funding. The school districts are horrible and the waiver are not available to everyone...not even close. The Cleveland Clinic is 70K a year.....the state medicaid program and BCMH (handicap children insurance) does not recognize autism as a treatable condition and WILL NOT cover any treatment.

Ohio is one of the states way behind....I would never suggest to any parents to move here. I am sorry to disagree with you. It took me 2 years to finally get a waiver to fund a partial ABA program with alot of funding issues (tutors not being paid for months from state) and I am one of the very FEW to have a I/O waiver....I was told the only reason why I have it is because my oldest son also have Juv.Diabetes, so I was considered "high needs".

The autism scholorship from ODE is a great funding source...I do use this also. There are some major problems with this program also....not enough schools in the area for our children. There are only 2 schools, Cleveland Clinic and Monarch which are both 70K a year, the scholorship only funds up to 20K a year. Your school district still writes the IEP and still does the MFE...giving uneducated school districts total control STILL over what services your child receives and how it is administered. With parents that are very educated and with boundless energy, you can find ways to make this work.....but most parents are clueless and overwhelmed.

Please reconsider you stance on Ohio....
If you would like to speak more, I would be more than happy too.


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