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Moving to the East coast. Which state/county will offer best service?

I have a 6month old with Retinal dystrophy. He does not seem to have any other disabilities at this point except low vision. We currently live in Europe and will be moving back to the US in the summer next year. He will be 15months old by then. What states in the east coast have the best programs/services for age 0-3? We are considering jobs in the Maryland/DC area, Norfolk Virginia. If you know of programs in San Antonio TX we would be most grateful too.

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Re:Moving to the East coast. Which state/county will offer best service?



I live in Rockland County, NY about 20 miles NW of NYC and my son is 23 months old and has no light perception in his left eye and only light perception in his right eye. The Early Intervention services here are excellent. I absolutely love his Vision and Orientation/Mobility teachers. They are great teachers and are very loving. My son also does not have any other disabilities and is very bright. I have been told a countless number of times how excellent the EI services are here and also once they move from EI to CPSE and on. My son currently has vision twice a week for 30 minutes each and O&M twice a week for 30 minutes each.

However, I have also heard that New Jersey's EI/Birth to 3 program and even beyond 3 is not good. The quantity and quality is less.


Re:Moving to the East coast. Which state/county will offer best service?



I live in Virginia but take my daughter four hours to Duke University in Durham, NC to the eye center there. The pediatric department there is extraordinary.


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