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April 29th, 2008, 10:50 PM
Petesgirl's Avatar Veteran
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Hello, I plan on homeschooling my boys. My oldest son has Cerebral Palsy though his intelligence is intact. We receive SSI on his behalf and I wonder how SSI would respond to that? They normally interview teachers etc when doing case reviews, could homeschooling potentially "hurt" his SSI benefits? Thanks
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April 30th, 2008, 08:51 AM
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I have a friend who is homeschooling her son with CP. I don't know about the SSI stuff, but since homeschooling is a legal method of educating a child, it should be ok, but with the gov't, you never know. Check with HSLDA and see if they have any information regarding SSI.

Best wishes!
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April 30th, 2008, 10:26 AM
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I have no idea, but I'd suggest you call and ask. And make sure to get it in writing since with the government you never know if what one person says is what another would say.

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April 30th, 2008, 01:19 PM
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Thanks ladies, I'm actually fearful to bring it up. Children are taken away from good families & put into the system because of home~birth, & what not...they can do whatever they want making up a reason why parents are unfit, etc. I can imagine with a special~needs child they would say he HAS to attend those special education classes (or something like that at school). My son gets tons of therapy etc...I just cant help worrying even though a part of me says I shouldn't.

In the land of the free today, babies were taken away from the polygamists....many were nursing, majority under the age of 5....what does that have to do with teenage wedlock? They made an excuse to take ALL the children away...because of a phone call that "might" have been a prank....

My homeschooling neighbors son fell of the couch onto the hardwood floor and they nearly did an investigation because she's a "home~schooler"...

...I know that not all authority views homeschooling negatively, but there is plenty of reason to be cautious...I really wish I could find someone who has already gone through this for advice.

Thanks again
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April 30th, 2008, 03:11 PM
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I know here in FL my Aunt homeschooled her 2 handicapped daughters. They were both on SSI as well as my Aunt for their disabilities. They just had to have a tutor come out once a week. I'm not sure why, but those were the rules they set for them. I don't know if they could have refused it or not. Just thought I'd chime in with my experience. I hope you find the answers you're looking for. to the board!

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April 30th, 2008, 04:19 PM
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I have CP. I wasn't home schooled but I got my GED.

Depending on how the state /school wants to handle it your son may basically just have an IEP that says he's home schooled. so that he can still get therapy through the school system and they still get to consider him enrolled. His therapists would come to your home x amount of times a week. This was the only choice I was given. If you have a choice I wouldn't choose this option because there's still a lot of say over the child's education

However my mom worked for the county and home health aids did therapy for home bound kids. I would call your local UCP, maybe even the ARC will be able to tell you who has the best sliding scale fee independent services, if you do not want the county or school district in your house.

Welcome.... As for SSI I have no idea how it will be effected.

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April 30th, 2008, 04:48 PM
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Thanks for the wonderful replies
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May 2nd, 2008, 12:09 PM
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May 2nd, 2008, 03:20 PM
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Welcome to the board!

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May 3rd, 2008, 12:14 AM
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May 5th, 2008, 10:01 AM
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My friend has SSI and homeschools her daughter.
My son has other issues other than CP ( even though my husband and I actually think he has very mild CP), and we don't get SSI, but Just check everything out, print out everything you get, record time and date of all calls and who you spoke to. Just cover yourself. Start a file and put everything in it!

This is not an ad - someone we know uses this for their daughter -- but if you have a non-ambulatory child with CP, google the TAOS walker. There is video on the site. It corrects gait and gets non-amb. kids upright. Not expensive, since they priced it to be no out of pocket to parents.
I know I am new on the site, but this is not an ad. I was just looking through special needs topics since my child is in that category.
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