If you have a child with disabilities, you already feel the stress of having to take care of the health, educational and emotional needs of your kid. This doesn’t even include having to cope with a drastically lowered income because of reduced work hours or having to pay someone else for childcare.
So, how can you get some help?
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Families with children with disabilities like autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy already face the huge financial pressure to manage at-home care. Unfortunately, school districts often worsen this pressure by not supplying the special education support that children with special needs are entitled. When that happens, the best thing that you can do as a parent is to learn what your rights are and seek educational advocacy. Continue reading “Do You Know Your Child’s Rights for Special Education?”
Raising a child with autism is demanding on an emotional, mental, and physical level. Autism is a complex developmental disability that is usually diagnosed within the first three years of a child’s life. Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, it has a wide range of symptoms, meaning that kids who have ASD experience differing combinations of social, communication, and language challenges. They also demonstrate constrained and repetitive patterns of behavior, concentrations, or activities, such as strict routines, echolalia, or an aversion to loud noises or intense lighting. These behaviors can be mild or severe in nature.
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Raising a child with autism is expensive.
Experts say that raising a child to adulthood costs about $250,000. If you are a parent of a child with autism, you can expect to pay about ten times that amount. And if you have a child who incurs regular medical costs, your expenses can reach more than $3 million over time.
What is the answer? Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. Continue reading “How Do I Take Care of My Child with Autism Financially?”
Are you trying to figure out how you will work fulltime, pay the bills, and take care of your child with autism? You can apply for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), which pays caregivers to take care of children with disabilities. This program could pay you up to $3,000 per month so you can stay home and give your child the care he needs to lead a quality life.
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