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Can I Get Financial Help for My Child with Autism?

As a parent of a child with autism, are you constantly worrying that you don’t have enough money to provide the best care for your child? Your fears are understandable, since studies estimate that the costs of raising one child with autism in the United States is $17,000 annually. These expenses include doctor visits, specialized care, and therapy. But can you get financial help for your child with autism?

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Finding Daycare for your Child with Autism

Summer is here, and as the school year ends, you need to find daycare for your little one with autism. This includes finding someone who provides reliable, devoted, and quality care for your child. Having a child with special needs makes searching for someone even more complex: you may have to ask more questions to find the right person who matches your requirements. That’s why finding daycare for your child with autism is so important.

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cerebral palsy child

What Benefits Can I Get for My Child with Cerebral Palsy?

The most common motor disability among children is cerebral palsy. And if you’re raising a child with this disability, you know that the medical costs alone are ten times higher than those of children who do not. It’s understandable then, that your family may be experiencing significant financial stress. Many parents find that they cannot hold a full-time job at all. Can you get financial benefits for your child with cerebral palsy?

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What is a Special Needs Financial Plan?

When you have a child with special needs who will require lifelong support, it can be overwhelming, especially when you need to plan for their entire lives whether you are present or not. In addition to mapping out the benefits involved, which can include In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps and more, a special needs financial planner can guide your family through the considerations that will determine which services your child will need throughout his or her life and the costs associated.

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autism disability

Can I Claim Disability for My Child with Autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that affects communication and social interaction skills. It is thought to be present from birth and is usually recognized by three years of age. Not everyone with autism displays the same behaviors. There are many signs of autism and they may be experienced by varying degrees. So many parents of children who have just been diagnosed often ask: Is autism considered a disability?

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ihss program

How the IHSS Program Changed in 2021

If you are a parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another disability, it is common to struggle financially. There are many things to pay for, including doctor appointments, therapy, and equipment. That’s why resources like In-Home Supportive Services are so vital—they provide critical financial assistance to you so your child with special needs can have access to everything available to lead a fulfilling life. This year, the IHSS program changed some elements for 2021 that may be even more beneficial for your family.

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diagnosis of autism

What Should I Do After My Child Receives a Diagnosis of Autism?

Once your child has been first diagnosed with autism, a thousand emotions may rush through your body: fear, confusion, anger, guilt, anxiety, relief, sadness. You are not alone, and it is common to feel this way. There are several questions, and so much information to examine. The important thing to remember is that, although there is no known cure for autism, there is hope. And even though getting a diagnosis of autism for your child can be a life-changing event for you and your entire family, there are ways to deal with it constructively, step by step.

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down syndrome

Can I Get Disability for My Child with Down Syndrome?

If your child has Down syndrome , there are many steps you can take to give him or her a happy, healthy, and rewarding life. To qualify for any kind of disability benefits administered through the SSA, specific medical criteria must be met. If there is a medical diagnosis of Trisomy 21 or Translocation Down syndrome, your child will automatically qualify for disability benefits. But there are other government programs available in California for financial assistance, and it can be possible to receive all these financial benefits to help your family provide the best life possible for your child with Down syndrome.

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iep meeting

Get Ready for Your First IEP Meeting

An Individualized Educational Program (IEP) must be put in place once you find out that your child is eligible for special education services. At the IEP meeting, the decisions regarding special education and related services are made so that an individualized educational plan can be created. But how do you get ready for your first IEP meeting?

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Can I Get Funding for My Child with Autism?

On average, it costs a family $1.4 million to $2.5 million to raise a child with autism, compared to the cost to raise a child who does not have special needs, which is around $300,000. It’s understandable then, that more than forty percent of families with a child with autism report experiencing significant financial stress. Many parents find that they cannot hold a full-time job at all. So can you get funding for your child with autism?

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Divorce with a Child with Special Needs

When you have a child with special needs, it seems like going through a divorce is more emotional and complicated. Many parents feel alone and powerless, facing the challenges of taking care of your child’s health, education, and long-term planning for the future all by yourself. So how do you get through a divorce with a child with special needs?

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