Friday, October 5, 2012

Opinion: My Son and the City

 From's Opinionater by Marie Myung-OK Lee

When my husband and I began mentioning to friends and family that we were thinking about moving from Providence, R.I., to New York City, everyone’s first question was not about what career opportunities awaited us or which borough we wanted to live in, but: “What about J?”
J, our 12-year-old son, has serious medical challenges and developmental disabilities, autism among them. He’s prone to violent tantrums that can be triggered by something as simple as catching sight of a dog 100 feet away, which makes our everyday life often messy, always unpredictable. But in Providence, we had the help of in-home aides and respite care provided by Medicaid, as well as a close-knit group of friends. Whenever we had an emergency, there were plenty of people to call. Whenever J had a meltdown, we could just jump in the car and go home. What would this scenario look like in New York?

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