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Re: New York is one of the best states for autism serv
      10/01/07 01:21 PM

Tammy and all NYS readers,

I was born in Buffalo, NY, and still have some extended family in western NYS. I've lived in Kentucky for 30 years, and my autistic son is 8. He receives no state-provided services, and my insurance covers very little therapy for him. ABA is not covered, so at age 4-6, when I had him in an ABA preschool program, I paid for it myself.

He began elementary school at age 6 for half-a-day. Public school provides little therapy (90 min. speech/week & 30 min. OT/week). He's in his 3rd year in a special ed class that is called LD (it's not designed with autism supports and strategies). He now attends 4 1/2 hours a day, and hates school. I've requested a placement in a smaller classroom (his class has 10 children, one teacher, and 2 assistants). Perhaps one teacher and just a few students with autism would be more appropriate based on his sensory needs. Also more one-on-one is a must. It's the only way he learns (I teach him at home).

Our district tells me they cannot offer a classroom specifically for autistic students. They are placed in LD, EBD, BD, MD or FMD classrooms where they are mixed with students of varying disabilities based upon their intelligence. There is one other child with autism in his classroom who takes up alot of the teacher's time (he's the Principal's son). The other 8 children have learning disabilities and some development delays.

School is worse for him this year than ever before. He's just not emotionally tolerating it, is not complying, and is not socializing with anyone at all. I live in Louisville (the state's largest city). There are no private elementary schools for autism here. There are two private elementary schools for LD, however, and they are very expensive (since they're not designed for autism, they might not be much more beneficial for him other than providing a smaller classroom).

If I moved to western New York with my son, can you tell me what type of services and education I might expect? Is there a website or place I can call to get this info.?

I know property taxes are much higher there than in Kentucky (my relatives pay 3 to 4 times the property taxes we do in Louisville) which has me very frightened (I'm already broke due to my son's therapy expenses). If I worked full-time I'm afraid he would regress without all the one-on-one home-tutoring that I do with him. Are you aware of any home-school alternatives in NYS for kids that don't do well in a school environment? Like a teacher or materials provided to you if you homeschool? There's nothing like that here. If you homeschool here, you're on your own.

Blessings,
Lisa

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* New York is one of the best states for autism serv Tammy 09/18/07 12:34 PM
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. * * Re: New York is one of the best states for autism serv Momof2ASD   11/03/07 07:18 PM
. * * Re: New York does not offer anything 1212   07/28/08 10:29 PM
. * * Re: New York does not offer anything cchristian   09/30/10 09:22 PM

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