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What Do You Do After Your Child is Diagnosed with Autism?

diagnosed with autismYour child has been diagnosed with autism, and you’re struggling with what that means, how to best help him or her, and how you will be able to handle it all financially. Your emotions are swirling and suddenly you have to decode the foreign language of IHSS and IEPs. You are also worried that your school isn’t doing enough, or doing the right things, for your child. What do you do after your child is diagnosed with autism?

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How Much Does IHSS Pay Caregivers?

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There are resources available in the state of California if you’re a parent struggling financially to raise your child with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or another disability. Benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) pays caregivers if you are eligible. This funding can be used to meet your child’s daily needs and can help pay the expenses associated with her disability. But, how much does IHSS pay caregivers?

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How to Plan for Your Child’s IEP Annual Assessment

iep annual assessmentAs a parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome or another disability, it is important to know if he or she is eligible for special education services. The school system is difficult to navigate without some planning. That’s why getting ready for your child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) annual assessment is an important step in managing your child’s education.

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Can I Be Paid as an IHSS Caregiver for My Child with Special Needs?

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It is common to struggle financially if you are a parent of a child who has special needs. There are health services to pay for, as well as therapies that are necessary for your child to lead a fulfilling life. In many situations, it is difficult to work at a fulltime job because you must take your child to regular doctor appointments and monitor your child at all times in order for her to remain safely at home. But can you get paid as an IHSS caregiver for your child with special needs? Read More

Your IHSS Application: Getting a Letter from Your Child’s Doctor

ihss doctorCalifornia’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) provides a helpful program to get financial support every month for parents of children with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or another disability. Especially for those of you who have had to stop working in order to take care of your child, disability benefits such as IHSS and Protective Supervision allow you to be employed as your child’s in-home caretaker. One of the most important documents to include in your IHSS application is the letter from your child’s doctor stating his or her diagnosis. But how do you get your child’s doctor to write a great letter for your IHSS application?

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I Need to Request an IHSS Appeal State Hearing

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As a parent of a child with special needs, have you applied for California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program and been denied? Or received a low number of hours and believe you should get more? You can appeal this decision and still receive the maximum amount of funding. Read below to find out how to request an IHSS hearing.

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How Can My Child with Autism Get IEP Services During COVID-19?

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During the last couple of months, schools have closed campuses and transitioned to online classes. And with the COVID-19 lockdowns, it looks like virtual learning will be the mainstay for educating California’s students moving forward. But, the barriers for distance learning, including having little or no experience with videoconferencing and the need for electronic devices and consistent access to the internet for typically developing children, quickly became apparent to parents, teachers, and the school districts. And it is children with disabilities who have to overcome even more obstacles to learn. The big question remains: how can your child with autism get IEP services during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Have You Lost Your Job Because of COVID-19? Get Financial Help to Raise Your Child with Special Needs

lost_your_job_due_to_covid-19As a parent, it’s common for us to constantly worry about finances. And now that coronavirus COVID-19 has forced businesses to close, millions of people lost their jobs. And if you are the parent of a child with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or another disability, it’s even more stressful. Even with stimulus checks and unemployment insurance, these funds are temporary. If you lost your job because of COVID-19, you may qualify for other financial benefits so you can raise your child with special needs.

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Is IHSS Still Taking Applications During the Coronavirus Quarantine?

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The In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) in California provides a helpful program to get financial support every month if you are the parent of a child with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or another disability. And if you have lost your job during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and now take care of your child in quarantine, disability benefits such as IHSS and Protective Supervision allow you to be employed as your child’s in-home caretaker. But is IHSS still taking applications during the coronavirus quarantine?

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Your Guide to Quarantine with a Child with Special Needs

quarantine with childParenting is stressful enough without being stuck inside with children due to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine. School is closed. Forget about playgrounds. And skip other public places where you’d normally go. Social distancing is the new normal, and that means no playdates either. Disruption in your daily routine and an increase in unstructured moments for your child may result in low levels of motivation and higher levels of anxiety and stress. For you as a parent of a child with a disability like autism, these may seem magnified. Below is your guide to quarantine with your child with special needs.

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