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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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How Do I Explain the Coronavirus COVID-19 to My Child with Special Needs?

Child CoronavirusThe coronavirus—COVID-19 is stirring up conversation, and children with special needs are bound to have questions about what it is. Especially with the increasing number of school-closure announcements, and news of the outbreak dominating headlines and social-media platforms, children are likely to be exposed to loads of information and misinformation. They may react with emotions such as fear, worry, shock and grief. And if you have a child with special needs, he may respond in ways that are difficult to handle. And while we may not be able to shield our children from what is happening, there are plenty of ways to explain the coronavirus COVID-19 to your child with special needs without causing undue alarm.

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Can I Prevent My Child with Special Needs from Getting Coronavirus?

child special needs coronavirusYou can’t help it—you are fearful about the well-being of your children when you are a parent. And if you are the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another type of disability, it can be extra worrisome as the stories about COVID-19 (coronavirus) flood the news. What is the risk? Can you prevent your child with special needs from getting coronavirus?

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Can I Get IHSS Retroactive Back Pay?

IHSS back payCalifornia State’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) 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 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. But can you get IHSS retroactive back pay?

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When You’re an Overwhelmed Mom of a Child with Special Needs

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Being a mom is a tough job. And when your child has special needs, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, you are challenged even further. The struggles seem to double, and if you don’t have support or you don’t practice acts of self-care, you can end up feeling alone, helpless and ultimately, an overwhelmed mom.

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Has Your Child with Special Needs Been Discriminated Against? How to Be an Advocate

Child with special needs discriminationIf you are the parent of a child with special needs, you want to make sure he or she is never subjected to discrimination and that there is every opportunity to thrive. To be an effective advocate for your child, however, you need to understand the laws that are in place to protect children with special needs. Federal laws regulate special education services and make sure schools provide accommodations for children with disabilities. Almost all states now have anti-bullying laws on the books as well. With a more thorough knowledge of these laws, you’ll better understand your child’s rights and how to defend him or her against unfair or discriminatory treatment. Read More

Help! They Cut My IHSS Hours

Help! They Cut My IHSS HoursChildren with special needs such as autism, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy can often take a heavy financial toll on a family. It is common for you to have to stop working in order to take care of your child. But disability benefits such as In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Protective Supervision allow you to be employed as your child’s in-home caretaker. California State’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) provides an amazing program for financial support to enable you to stay at home with your child with a disability and keep her or him safe and happy. But what if you already have IHSS, and they cut your IHSS hours? What do you do?

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Tips to Help Your Child with Special Needs During Winter Break

winter break child special needsThe holidays and breaks from school can mean hectic schedules and chaotic moments with your child with special needs. 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 are some helpful tips to help you survive these days during winter break with your child with special needs.

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How Do I Win My Due Process Hearing Case Against the School?

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If you are the parent of a child who has autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or another disability, you are your child’s best advocate to get him or her educational services. If you believe your child deserves should receive special education, but have been denied, you can still appeal this decision through a due process hearing. But what is a due process hearing and how do you win your case against the school?

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