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Finding the Right Care for Your Child with Special Needs

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As a parent, there are many times that you are in search of childcare. This includes finding someone who provides reliable, devoted, and quality care for your child. If you have a child with special needs, searching for someone is even more complex: you may have to ask more questions to find the right person who matches your requirements.

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Tackling the Massive Cost of Care for a Child with Special Needs

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The New Year brings many changes, and one of them may be your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. If you have one coming up, you and the rest of the IEP team will sit down together to make sure the IEP meets your child’s needs.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) places an affirmative requirement on school districts to provide a free public education that is suitable for students with disabilities. The Dignity for All Students Act also holds school districts responsible for addressing bullying and harassment in school.

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Surviving a Divorce with a Special Needs Child

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Going through a divorce is tough. What makes it even more difficult is to survive one when you have a special needs child. If you are the custodial parent, you quickly realize that it is all up to you—your child’s health, education and long-term planning for the future. Being alone in all of this can be daunting and overwhelming.

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Overwhelmed by the System? Tips to Make It Easier.

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Your child has special needs, 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.

First of all, please know that you are not alone. There are many other parents in the same situation, and there are people out there with answers who want to help.

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Tackling the Massive Cost of Care for a Child with Special Needs

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If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you may suffer from constantly worrying that you don’t have enough money to provide the best care for your child—or you fear that you will face bankruptcy from all the bills. Diagnoses such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may need equipment, services and care that may not be covered by health plans or private extended health insurance. Plus, coverage varies, depending on the diagnosis. Many families go without or wait for years to get services that would have been beneficial if used earlier. For the parents of kids with special needs, the gap is wide: So many are forced to cobble together a plan to help their children, often at great financial and personal expense.

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