Unfortunately, for those of us in the US, the school our children attend is determined by geography. So, before choosing to accept a far-away job offer, or selecting a home in a new region, we need to figure out what, if any, school in this area is right for our child.
Being the parent of a special needs child makes this even more complicated -- and more important.
I get that schools can't afford the time for me to get to know a bunch of their teachers, and the speech therapist and other specialists my son would work with there, or go over how they would hypothetically implement his IEP. I couldn't afford to fly back and forth enough times to thoroughly interview them all even if it were possible.
So...what's a parent to do?
Thus far, I've been reticent to consider far-away opportunities. After two disastrous school experiences, we've found a school that has done amazing things for my son. I don't want to risk walking him into another disaster. I'd like to consider some of these non-local offers, but only if I can be sure my son's education won't suffer.