It’s difficult to say how you might feel when the suspicion starts to creep up that your son or daughter might have a disability. For some parents, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. For others, it’s actually a relief. However you feel about it, there’s no question that the stage between questioning whether your child is Autistic and getting a diagnosis is a big one.
There are excellent special education services out there, but finding the right ones for your child can be a daunting experience. If you need financial help, or you are battling the school district for the services your child needs, you can get assistance from an advocate.
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a federal program that provides financial assistance so you, as your child’s caretaker, can give the best supervision and care for your child in the comfort of your own home. This means that you can receive an hourly wage to take care of your child.
Planning for your future financially is a challenge for everyone—but even more so for you if you are a parent of a child with a disability. Many children with special needs have long life expectancies, which puts you as a parent in a precarious spot: who will take care of your child financially, physically and emotionally, long after you are gone?
It’s getting closer to that time! And there are a million things to do still—buying that perfect gift for your child with special needs is one of them.