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Possibly relocating to Atlanta/ work by Suntrust Tower. I am a single parent to a child with Autism so schools and commute time are huge! Any ideas?

Asked by Latransplant, Atlanta, GA Wed Apr 20, 2011

Looking for safe, affordable area with great schools and easy-ish commute to Suntrust Tower...any suggestions are very much appreciated.

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My sister's daughter has Autism. I was looking into schools for her. Please try http://www.cobbk12.org/Haven/

Welcome to the Web site of H.A.V.E.N. Academy!

H.A.V.E.N. Academy provides comprehensive special education and support for students with Severe Emotional Behavior Disorders and Autism. The program serves students from Cobb County, Douglas County and the city of Marietta.

H.A.V.E.N. Academy is part of the Georgia Network of Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS), comprised of 24 programs statewide that support students with special needs from every school system in Georgia.

Good Luck on your search
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I need to get you in touch with one of my best friends that has an autistic son. She did tons of research to find a school in DeKalb County. I know the school and it's awesome. LT is right too. Gwinnett County has great schools for your child, however, the commute would be a huge nightmare!

Feel free to contact me so I can put you in contact with my friend, Tina.

Julie Brittain
JBrittain@kw.com
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Based on what I've heard, Gwinnett County has very good educators in place for autistic students, but I do not know the details. A Gwinnett commute to downtown could really stress you out, but depending on your style and your price range, you have options 30-45 minutes to the east, on a quiet day with no traffic.

I also understand that Dekalb County and city of Decatur schools are also highly sought after by parents of autistic children. You'll certainly shorten the commute by 30-45 minutes everyday by simply living in Intown Dekalb...

What is your price range?

Good luck.
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Hello Latransplant:

The points below all need to be considered as well as good resources. My input, since you are asking, should depend on your child's needs in not just the school but a after care program if you are working nine to five. Is your child in a public or private school now?

A speaker from a Autism school in the metro-Atlanta area came and spoke to my Optimist Club ( a youth service organization). I will locate the name and number and forward.
I believe this will be a great contact for you.

As for a property, Due to the bank crisis, it is possible to find affordable homes in and around town. The first pieces of your relocation puzzle is to find what is best for your child and for you to have a qualification letter, not a pre-qualification letter, a qualification letter contingent on only the selection of the home is highly recommend in today's market. Knowing those two items, as a Realtor I would be able to properly advise which property is best for your family.

Peace

Rob
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This just hit my email and wanted to pass along as a resource for you. I am sure there are resources closer into Atlanta but this is a website from parents who are focused on being sure their daughter with Autism gets best educational experience possible in North Georgia.

http://emmasemmbassadors.org/wordpress/
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With your work location and desire for great schools you are talking about Atlanta Public Schools (midtown schools) or Decatur/Dekalb Public schools. Both have some great schools. You did not state what grade you child would be entering so it is difficult to pin down which specific schools you should start to check.

Also as other folks pointed out the variables of what kind of home you wanted and your price range will greatly impact best fit for you.

The only other insight I can offer is to pick a location that allow your child to stay in good schools from elementary to middle to high school. There are several districts that will work for you.

Good Luck with your move. Let me know if I can help.
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When a family is unconfirmed what area(s) best determine what your lender will approve then narrows the communities based on mortgage amount and your particulars
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LAtransplant, check out http://www.greatschools.net Great information, independent web site on schools. I could pull a circular search from Suntrust Tower so you could see all that is available. I have a friend with an autistic child, she lives in the Dunwoody area and thinks her child has done well in the public schools there. She's also had therapy in the Emory area. Let me know if I can help.
Best regards,
Fran
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Are you thinking of a townhome or detached residence, Latran? Price range?

Michael Hammond
SellsRealty@gmail.com
404-538-5499

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