We have compiled a list of Community Resources, businesses, and organizations and that offer support and services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Arc of Monroe County has been providing a variety of programs and services for over 3,500 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families in the Rochester community for over 50 years. The Arc of Monroe County has 40 locations in Monroe County that assist individuals with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities that include Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders among others.
Some of our services include: Special Sitters and Transition Coaching.
The LifePrep@Naz program is an interagency campus based program for 18-21 year old students and young adults with intellectual disabilities. The overall goal of the program is for individuals to continue their education while working towards competitive employment. LifePrep@Naz will be implemented this fall of 2011 with a total of 16 students. Nazareth College, in partnership with Victor Central School District and The Arc of Monroe, plans to establish a program with two levels of completion certificates; 3 year Program to be endorsed by Nazareth College and the sending school district, and a 4 year Program to be endorsed by Nazareth College, the sending school, and The Arc of Monroe. The curriculum is created to be inclusive of students. 50% of their time will be with same aged peers without disabilities. The program will include NYS CDOS’ standard as a foundation, experiential vocational opportunities, and individual designed Person Centered Planning. LifePrep@Naz students will also be supported by peer mentors who are Nazareth College Students. Mentors will provide academic support to students and promote the inclusiveness of LifePrep students in the campus community.
For additional information, please contact
My Time Providers is a home-based respite program providing extra help for families caring for a loved one with an intellectual or other developmental disability. Sitters can provide services in the home or can assist the individual needing care with opportunities for recreation in the community.
Special Sitters provides comprehensive training for the sitters, enabling family members to spend time away from the home, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is cared for by a trained sitter. In addition, Special Sitters are available for other family members in need of care or assistance. Each sitter is thoroughly trained in communications skills, special needs awareness, creative activities, First Aid, and CPR.
A Transition Coach is a FREE service that assists individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families in Monroe County. The Transition Coach will facilitate an individual’s life plan with short and long term goals.
How can a Transition Coach help? The Transition Coach will assist the individual with the following:
OPWDD Eligibility: OPWDD eligibility allows an individual access services through the Finger Lakes DDSO. Service Coordination, Day Services and Residential placement are examples of services available with OPWDD eligibility. To be eligible, an individual must have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability prior to age 22.
Medicaid Enrollment: If you would like to apply for Medicaid services, our Transition Coach will assist you with completing a Medicaid application.
3071 County Complex Dr., Canandaigua, NY 14424
The Autism Center at Ontario ARC is a centralized, regional clearinghouse for information sharing, referral and services.
Customized training for direct care professionals, families,law enforcement groups, attorneys and schools.
Clinical services with experienced psychology and social work staff, who are highly-trained in autism spectrum disorders.
Residential services and community-based services to help people with autism live as independently as possible while providing support to families.
Day programs tailored to meet the specific needs of people with autism. Recreation to help children, teens, and adults feel comfortable in different social settings. Service Coordination provided by professionals specifically trained to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Resource library with a comprehensive offering of books, professional journals, newsletters, videos, DVDs and assessment tools.
Autism Advisory Board consisting of regional experts, law enforcement representatives, educators, family members and other stakeholders who will help to identify needs and plan for the future.
We are a volunteer-run agency of professionals and parents of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) children who have come together to aid others affected by ASD. Advocating on behalf of children living with ASD, we believe they deserve to live a fulfilling life, ultimately achieving their dreams and aspirations.
The Autism Council of Rochester seeks to educate the community at large, bringing a greater awareness of children, teens and adults who live with ASD. In addition to offering support services to individuals with ASD, The Autism Council teaches autism awareness to educators, community groups and the medical community.
Attention Parents/Caregivers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Does your child also have symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
Dr's. Tristram Smith, Susan Hyman, and Jennifer Zarcone are conducting a study to find out whether two treatments, alone or together, can help with symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. One treatment is a medication called atomoxetine (brand name is Strattera). This medication is intended to reduce impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity. The other treatment is called Parent Management Training (PMT). This training is intended to help parents learn strategies to manage their child’s challenging behaviors. The study is supported by the National Institutes of Health and is being done in collaboration with investigators at Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Reimbursement is provided for study participation in addition to study medication and the medical and behavioral care during the study. We are actively recruiting participants. If you are interested in learning more about this study please contact our research coordinator, Carol Stamm, at 585-275-0953 or Carol_Stamm@urmc.rochester.edu for more information. Or visit www.golisano.urmc.edu.
Some children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have challenging behaviors such as:
- Refusing to follow directions
- Having frequent tantrums
- Hitting themselves or others
Dr. Tristram Smith is conducting a study to test two interventions for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders who also have challenging behaviors. One intervention is called Parent Management Training (PMT). PMT is intended to help parents learn how to manage their child’s challenging behaviors. The other intervention is called the Parent Education Program (PEP). PEP is intended to give parents information about autism and services that are available in the community for their child. The study is supported by the National Institutes of Health and is being done in collaboration with investigators at Yale University, Ohio State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Indiana University.
We are actively recruiting participants. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact our research coordinator for more information!
Who is eligible to participate?
- Have a diagnosis of Autism or a related disorder (Autism, Asperger syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
- Also have challenging behaviors such as refusing to follow directions, having tantrums, or becoming aggressive
- Are between the ages of 3 and 6 years old.
6 N. Main Street, Suite 110, Fairport, NY 14450
Phone: 585-377-6590 Fax: 585-377-6605
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc (C.A.R.D.) was founded in 1990 by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. CARD is one of the largest organizations in the world providing treatment to children with Autism, PDD and Asperger's Syndrome. Following the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), we develop individualized treatment plans for your child. Behavior Analysis is the science of learning and motivation and consists of principles based on over 100 years of research. At CARD, we strive to help children by developing unique and individualized behavioral programs based on each child's particular strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to teach all of our children the functional skills necessary to replace previously learned maladaptive behaviors, enabling them to live independent and productive lives. We are proud to provide autism services around the globe.
CARD Rochester offers a variety of services to clients ages 1-30. These services include Speech Language Pathology, Special Education Services, Feeding Clinic, Challenging Behavior Clinic, School Consultation, Early Intervention and Preschool Home-Based Programs.
CARD is an approved by New York State Department of Health and currently contracts with Monroe and Westchester County to provide Special Education Services.
For more information please call Denise Rhine, MS Ed. BCBA, Managing Supervisor.
Please find our contact information below:
Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes is dedicated to providing high quality services to children and their families. We offer a wide variety of therapeutic, educational support services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers with developmental needs including:
•Special Education and Behavioral Support
•Social Work Services
•Assistive Technology Devices and Services
Our exceptional staff of highly qualified individuals knows that the continued development and social growth of each child hinges on the support he or she receives from family, community and caring professionals. Therefore, we provide services to children in their home, childcare or community setting. We work closely with parents and caregivers to give them the skills they can use to help their child reach his or her fullest potential.
Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes offers a range of services for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder through a total team approach. Members of these teams may include special educators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, a psychologist, and a Program Manager who oversees the entire team. Each service plan is dependent upon a given child's unique needs.
Golisano Children’s Hospital
727 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 275-6605 Fax: (585) 275-3366
The Community Consultation Program provides evidence-based technical assistance and training to school teams and others who are working with children with disabilities and/or behavioral challenges. We have expertise in the following areas:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Educational Consultations
- Inclusion Consultations
- Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
We also provide continuing education and staff development programs for professionals working with children with developmental disabilities.
Our goals are to increase the capacity of school or agency personnel to support their own students. We assist in the development and implementation of programs aimed at decreasing challenging behavior and increasing positive social and academic skills. We also ensure that children with challenging learning needs receive appropriate instruction and services to maximize independence.
Consultation may include building capacity with child-specific teams or classroom teams at the school district or agency level. Consultation can also be provided to ensure that children with disabilities are educated in the most inclusive environment possible. Our consultant team includes behavior analysts, clinical and school psychologists, and educators who have expertise in using evidence-based interventions for students with Autism spectrum disorder, challenging behavior, emotional and behavior disorders.
For more information about Happiness House Autism Services, please contact
Jill Mundy at (315) 789-6828 or Email
5415 County Road 30, Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424
731 Pre-Emption Rd, Geneva, NY 14456
Located in the Finger Lakes area, Happiness House offers an array of services to individuals of all ages exhibiting characteristics of or diagnosed with Autism.
The Diagnostic and Treatment Clinic provides individuals with comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options while minimizing needless travel. The evaluation team includes licensed Psychologists/and or Physicians with experience with evaluating children who may be on the Autism Spectrum.
Preschool (Center) Based Services
Full and half Day integrated preschool programs designed using a behavioral approach. Specialized techniques such as Discrete Trial Teaching, Social Skill Development and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication) are used to meet the unique needs of children on the Autism Spectrum at both the Geneva and Canandaigua locations.
Community Based Services
Clinical Therapy services including Speech, Occupational and Physical therapy provided center or community based.
Service Coordination services to assist individuals and their families in locating and accessing supports and services they need to reach their fullest potential.
Residential Habilitation provides a one on one service to individuals in their home and/or community to assist them reaching their fullest potential through the development of individualized services plans with the individual and their family.
Preschool to School-Age Transition services are provided by the Autism Coordinator ensuring that the transition into primary school is as seamless as possible by working closely with the family, child and school district.
Respite is a care service (for a child or adult) provided to families who have an individual with Autism residing in their home.
For more information please contact Lisa Diehl
1870 South Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
Liberty POST is a division of Liberty Resources, a Syracuse-based human services agency which is dedicated to providing quality programs to serve the community. Liberty POST-Rochester employs a number of highly qualified professionals providing Early Intervention and Preschool therapy services in the surrounding Monroe County area. In addition to our general clinical services, Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Special Teacher Instruction, we offer an autism program that differs from many area providers of therapy for autism and developmental disorders.
We believe that every child is unique and must be treated and nurtured differently in order to grow. Thus, we utilize the DIR®/Floortime™ (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based) Approach- a family-friendly, child-centered method of treatment. Under the direction and mentorship of an ICDL (Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders) certified clinician and trained Autism Specialists/School Psychologists, we are able to collaborate best so that we may focus on your child's emotional development and ability to relate to others. With this base of the DIR®/Floortime™ model, we are then able to focus on all developmental areas, including social-emotional functioning, communication, thinking and learning, motor skills, body awareness and attention.
A seamless team approach which includes parents and caregivers as active participants, provides an individualized and comfortable intervention model for each child. With professionals in all areas of child development, Liberty POST has the expertise to help children - and families- discover and reach their fullest potential."
Monroe 1 - Orleans BOCES:
41 O'Connor Road, Fairport, New York 14450
Monroe 2 - Orleans BOCES:
3599 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, New York 14559
A partner in education
Monroe #1 BOCES is one of 37 Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) operating throughout New York State. BOCES 1 is located in the Town of Perinton, a suburb southeast of Rochester, New York. BOCES 1 is a cooperative extension of the ten Monroe County suburban school districts on the east side of Rochester and also serves 48 school districts from 12 neighboring counties in western New York.
The strength of BOCES lies in how cost-savings programs are cooperatively provided to support students who need help meeting the learning standards, students preparing for college and careers, and adults in the community who are improving their skills.
Monroe #1 BOCES was initiated by its component school districts and chartered on January 5, 1956 to carry out a program of shared educational services and instruction. From those early years of providing a few shared staff, BOCES has grown to offer more than 80 programs and services for more than 46,000 students in our ten component school districts.
Contributing to excellence in schools
Monroe #1 BOCES is a major contributor to the recognized excellence of Monroe County schools with a proven ability to adapt to rapidly to the changing needs of students. For more information on Monroe County schools, go to http://www.actforeducation.org/.
349 West Commercial Street, Suite 2490, East Rochester, NY 14445
585- 678- 1839
What Makes us Unique
We believe that success in life is determined through our relationships at work, at school, in our friendships and within our families. Our goal at ProSocial Thinking is to move individuals beyond the rote memorization of social skills, to using a cognitive decision-making process; thinking about the ways one's words and actions influence others. We teach meaningful strategies in a therapeutic environment that can be integrated into daily routines. We teach the importance of understanding hidden social rules and expected behaviors in a variety of contexts.
Who We Serve
- People who exhibit social thinking challenges often:
- Have difficulty interpreting body language
- Struggle in conversation
- Miss social cues communicated through eye contact
- Over-focus on details and miss the big picture
- Lack self-control or emotional regulation
- Inattentive and Impulsive
- Exhibit rigidity in thinking
- Are inhibited by social anxiety
- Avoid working and socializing in groups
- Need assistance learning to understand others perspective
Elmwood: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620
Phone: 585-271-0680 | TTY: 585-442-2985
Greece: 3199 Ridge Road West, Rochester, NY 14626
Phone: 585-723-2140 | TTY: 585-723-3856
Webster: 1170 Ridge Road, Webster, NY 14580
Phone: 585-286-9373 | TTY: 585-442-2985
RHSC is a non-profit organization that has been dedicated to providing caring and high-quality services to children, adults, and families for over 90 years. RHSC offers a wide-range of services for children ages birth to five, school-age, and adults that are accessible through the Early Intervention or Preschool Special Education systems, private pay, or billed through insurance. Services include:
- speech-language pathology
- special education
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
- educational evaluations
- various developmental groups (e.g., speech groups, occupational therapy groups, parent-child groups, and Early Intervention Enhanced Developmental Groups)
For children ages birth to five and demonstrating characteristics of or diagnosed with autism, RHSC recognizes that no two children with autism are the same. RHSC offers the option between two intervention models in order to provide flexibility in meeting a family’s individual needs. Both programs are designed to build a child’s functional and developmentally-appropriate skills and work with children and families in their least restrictive, natural environment. Our multidisciplinary teams of providers are intensively trained and value a collaborative approach to autism treatment. The Monroe County-approved, evidence-supported Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program provides individualized and comprehensive treatment through discrete trail instruction, natural environment teaching, and functional behavior assessment/behavior intervention. The SCERTS® Program focuses on individualized, family-centered, and developmentally appropriate approaches to building social competence across meaningful and purposeful activities that naturally occur throughout a child’s day.
2111 Hudson Ave, Rochester, NY 14617
Phone: (585) 467-4567 Fax: (585) 467-6973
Stepping Stones Learning Center (SSLC) Is a nonprofit family centered program for children with and without special needs.
SSLC offers a variety of inclusionary classroom programs including:
Tender Loving Caregiver(TLC) for children ages 15 months to 3 years old
Transition Integrated Classroom (EI) for children ages 20 months to 4 years old
1/2 Day Behavior Classroom (EI) for children ages 20 months to 4 years old
Preschool Integrated Classroom (3-5)
Pre-Kindergarten Classroom (4-5 and school age)
RCSD Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Program. Must be a City Resident and 4 years of age to participate
Full and Half Day Special Classes for children ages 3-5 identified to be on the autism spectrum
Related Services Department (EI and 3-5)
Related services such as speech, special education teacher services, occupational therapy, music therapy, physical therapy, social work services, assistive technology, psychological services and parent training by the above mentioned disciplines are provided throughout Monroe, Ontario, Genesee and Wayne Counties for children ages birth to 5. All approved related services are available independently or in combination with one another. Services may take place at SSLC’s designated clinic spaces, classrooms, childcare, nursery school, in the child’s home or an appropriate neutral site agreed upon by the parent and provider. Session frequency and duration are determined by the child’s IFSP or IEP. Collaboration between therapists, parents and other agencies involved is an integral part of the program and should be considered as an approved service whenever multiple providers are present on a child’s team. This could take the form of a meeting set on a predetermined basis.
For referral of services, contact the Main Office at (585) 467-4567
Specifically designed Autism programming available for children ages birth to 5. Contact Mary Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Christina Werts at email@example.com
The Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) program is an example of one of the methods utilized to achieve the objectives. It is a combination of research and practical experience in child development, behavior modification, developmentally appropriate practices and meeting the overall needs of special children in combination with the principles of the “Lovaas” approach. It is imperative, in order for the ABA program to run smoothly and effectively for children; a team effort and ample communication are first and foremost on the agenda of each child’s curriculum. For information concerning this program or IFSP/IEP development, please contact Mary Richardson the Coordinator of Autism Services at (585) 467-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Christina Werts at (585) 467-4567 or email@example.com
The Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support (SCERTS) program at SSLC will be starting in the summer of 2011. The Relationship-based Autism Program (RAP) will be transitioning to the more empirically based SCERTS model. The goal of this model is to provide therapy that is individualized to children on the autism spectrum and his/her family, as well as to encourage social communication and provide appropriate supports in order to help the child gain and maintain regulation so learning can occur. For information concerning programs or IFSP/IEP development, contact Mary Richardson the Coordinator of Autism Services at (585) 467-4567 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Christina Werts at (585) 467-4567.
Medicaid Service Coordination
Ages 3-21 with approval through OPWDD. Please contact Melissa DeBadts, Medicaid Service Coordinator, at (585) 467-4567 or email@example.com.
Family Education and Training thru the OPWDD Waiver Programs Behavior Consultation
For children between the ages of 3-21 in need of services through the Family Support Services of OPWDD.
- Please contact Megan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Melissa Gambino at email@example.com
- Rob Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org. All may also be reached at (585) 467-4567.
Intensive Behavior Services
For children ages 3 – 21 through the OPWDD Waiver Program.
Please contact Megan Smith at (585) 467-4567 or email@example.com.
Autism Support Social Skills
For children ages 3 – 21 through Family Support Services of OPWDD. Please contact Megan Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, Melissa eggert at email@example.com, or Rob Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org. All may also be reached at (585) 467-4567.
Respite Camp For children between the ages of 3-8 who are approved for Family support services and wish to attend on school breaks and holidays. Please contact Christina Werts at (585) 467-4567 or email@example.com.
Early Intervention (EI) is a voluntary developmental evaluation and services program offered by New York State and administered locally by Child and Family Health Services of the Monroe County Department of Health. The County EIP is subject to NYS regulations (see State for more information). EI serves children from birth through 2 years of age and their families where there is a high risk of delay, a suspected delay in development, or a confirmed diagnosis of developmental disability. Evaluations are conducted to determine eligibility. A variety of therapeutic and support services are offered to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. If a child is found not eligible, parents can request developmental monitoring.
Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (RRCASD),
Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 671, Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (855) 508-8485 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder (RRCASD) is 1 of 6 regional centers for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in New York State. It is located at the University of Rochester in the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Mission: to contribute to the development of region-wide resources to better meet the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is accomplished through our community education, training, and technical assistance activities.
Counties Served: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.
The RRCASD provides:
• Information and Referral
• Free Webinars on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related topics
• Free DVD's online for self-study
• Free Information Sheets developed to provide a quick summary of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) topic
• Free Semi-Annual Newsletter that provides information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) activities, programs, and research happenings in our region
• Free Educational Presentations to community groups and agencies on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related topics
• Short-term intensive training & parent programs on one or more specific autism spectrum disorder (ASD) topics
Autism Learning Partners is an in home ABA agency that provides services to individuals with autism of all ages funded through private health insurance. We work on daily living skills, communication, social skills, learning readiness skills, challenging behaviors, and so much more! We work with the family as a whole and provide parent education and 1:1 behavioral health services. In addition, we now offer social skills classes in both BUFFALO and ROCHESTER regions. We do service North of Buffalo and the Southern Tier as well. Contact us today at
Monroe Wheelchair Inc is proud to announce the launch of its newest division that will provide Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices throughout Upstate New York.
For in-services, product demos, or general inquiries please contact:
- Nancy Booth, MS Ed (serving Western NY) at email@example.com or call directly at 585-733-1451
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Tobii Dynavox was founded in Pittsburgh, PA in 1983 on the belief that technology’s greatest benefits are realized when it is empowers individuals with disabilities. Today, as the world’s leading provider of communication and education solutions designed to help individuals living with speech, language and learning disabilities communicate and reach their potential, the company stays true to this belief.
Our DynaVox line of communication solutions provides the tools that individuals with autism need to speak their minds at home, in the classroom or work setting, and in the community.
Our special education software, including the Boardmaker Software Family, provides educators, speech-language pathologists and parents essential tools to create and adapt lessons and activities for children with autism, as well as other diagnoses that might result in speech, language or learning disabilities.
Holding true to our commitment of creating technology that empowers individuals with unique communication and learning needs, DynaVox Mayer-Johnson also offers a variety of services designed to ensure that the professionals supporting the individuals using our products, as well as the individuals themselves and their families have all that they need to be successful with our products.
If you are interested in learning more about DynaVox products and are in the Rochester area, please contact Joanna Colvin at (585)760-9564 or Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not in the Rochester area, please visit www.dynavoxtech.com to contact your local DynaVox Sales Consultant.
2060 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Rd Rochester, NY 14623
The Arc of Monroe County Special Sitters is a home-based respite program providing extra help for families caring for a loved one with an intellectual or other developmental disability. Sitters can provide services in the home or can assist the individual needing care with opportunities for recreation in the community.
Special Sitters provides comprehensive training for the sitters, enabling family members to spend time away from the home, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is cared for by a trained sitter. In addition, Special Sitters are available for other family members in need of care or assistance.
Each sitter is thoroughly trained in communications skills, special needs awareness, creative activities, First Aid, and CPR.
875 Commons Way, Rochester, NY 14623
Expressive Beginnings Child Care, a 10,000-square-feet facility, will serve 116 children beginning in August 2011. The project is a result of a collaboration with Heritage Christian Services and the Child Care Council.
Expressive Beginnings will offer children up to age 13 a unique learning curriculum that honors the many ways children express themselves, and will also have creative learning and play spaces.
In addition to care for infants and toddlers, the center will also offer preschool, full day kindergarten, before and after school care, and a school-age summer program.
Expressive Beginnings is a new division of Heritage Christian Services, a nonprofit, nonsectarian human services agency that primarily serves people with developmental disabilities and their families. The center will be open to children with and without disabilities.
Artistic Photography specializes with on location photography.
We provide a service that offers you flexibility and convenience for you and your family by creating a relaxed, non-stressful atmosphere that will allow you all to enjoy the portrait experience.
We create beautiful portraits of highest quality that are modern spontaneous images with a unique blend of elegant photojournalism that will last you a lifetime.
Parents of children with special needs often do not even attempt to have professional portraits made of their children. They fear - or have learned - that photographers may not understand the emotional needs of their child. My job is to put those concerns to rest.
I have been certified as a Direct Support Professional by New York State. I work every day in the special needs community. This unique background and training helps make my interaction with your child easier. I fully understand the payoff for not pushing, not rushing and waiting for acceptance and trust.
I create portraits that are entirely different from those created in a studio by using surroundings familiar to you and your child – allowing the child to be relaxed and comfortable, so their true essence can be captured on film. I create warm, relaxed portraits in your child's own room, their own backyard, at the beach, the canal or at your child’s favorite local park.
Cheryl Kelley, D.M.D.
370 White Spruce Blvd., Rochester, NY 14623
Diplomat, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
At Dr. Kelley's office, we strive to provide not only the highest quality pediatric dental care, but also a relationship between our team and your child that encourages them to feel comfortable in our office. We offer preventive services such as teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants, which strengthen teeth and maintain healthy gums. We also offer growth and development orthodontic treatment. Our office utilizes the latest technology and techniques available in the field of dentistry including digital radiography to enhance treatment and provide a safer, more accurate diagnosis. Establishing optimal dental health and a relationship between your child and our “dental home” is our top priority.
Dentistry for infants, children and young adults. Specializing in children with special needs.
Accepting Child Health Plus at this time
The dental center is located in the ambulatory care area near the Carter Street garage. Park in that garage and follow the walkway around to the ambulatory care/outpatient area.
The Pluta Dental Center at Rochester General Hospital offers a full range of dental services for children and adults. Our center is staffed by dentists, dental residents, dental hygienists, and other members of the dental team, who are eager to help you maintain good oral health.
- Preventive dental care and dental hygiene
- Restorative Care (fillings)
- Cosmetic Services (bleaching, veneers)
- Children's dentistry
- Oral and Maxillofacial surgery
- Periodontal therapy (care of gum disease)
- Endodontics (root canal treatment)
- Orthodontics (limited/minor tooth movement)
- Prosthodontics (full dentures, partial dentures)
- Reconstructive procedures (crowns, fixed bridges, implant reconstruction)
- TMJ treatment
- Nitrous oxide sedation
- Intravenous (IV) Moderate Sedation
- 24-hour emergency coverage
720 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd
Perinton Square Mall, Fairport, NY 14450
Great for You, Great For Your Children!
At Haircuts For Peanuts, we understand that many children can be intimidated by their trip to the hair salon. That’s why we make the experience as comforting and natural for them as possible.
We also appreciate your concern, as a parent, for the look, feel, and cost of your child’s haircut. Our prices are competitive across the board, and our stylists are NYS certified and trained extensively so they can deliver the best service to you and your child at a great value.
A Special Place For Special Children:
We take pride in caring for special needs children and put an emphasis on giving them the best experience possible during their time here. Our staff has been especially trained by a licensed and certified speech language pathologist, whom is also trained in ABA, DIR and TEACCH.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Call for an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted by availability.
No longer accepts Credit Cards
Specializing in haircuts for sensitive kids.
In-home services by NYS licensed professional
Dr. Sarah Pace, BS, DC
150 Linden Oaks Dr. Ste D, Rochester, NY 14625
Dr. Sarah offers an individualized neuro-sensory program that combines, chiropractic, nutritional support and neuro-sensory "brain" exercises to help kids reach their fullest potential. Call the office today or visit our website to set up an initial consultation!
Jaclyn West, BA, DC, CACCP 166 W. Main St., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
Dr. West offers a unique neurodevolpmental program in her office that combines chiropractic care with neurointegrative exercises, primitive reflex work and nutritional counseling. Dr. West is a board certified Pediatric Chiropractor who has advanced education working with the specific needs of these fantastic kids!
3033 Brighton Henrietta Townline Rd. Rochester, NY 14453
10773 Poags Hole Rd. Dansville, NY 14437
Dr. Laura Sleggs, BSc, ND
Defeat Autism Now Practitioner
Dr. Laura creates a treatment plan specific for each person to support their body’s natural ability to heal. She looks at what organ systems are out of balance and supports them with natural therapies including Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Supplements, Nutrition, Chinese medicine, and Homeopathy to regain balance and health in the body. Sensitive children respond well to Dr. Laura’s naturopathic techniques.
Other conditions treated: digestion concerns, pre-pregnancy health, support during pregnancy, female health concerns, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatigue, allergies.
Kirch Developmental Services Center is the primary clinical program of the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. We provide services to children with developmental delays and disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and intellectual disability.
Our team works closely with families, Primary Care Providers, Early Intervention and school programs, and other community agencies. We provide evaluation of children who are suspected of having a disability. When children are known to have a disability, we provide specialized health care, We monitor each child's progress; paying extra attention to health and behavior challenges that go along with each disability. Expert teams treat children for certain health problems like spasticity and growth problems. Our behavioral team provides programs to address the needs of children with developmental delays and challenging behavior. We provide information and referral as well as resources to families to help them get the right services or support in their community.
Sing, move, play, learn and grow! Alongside their parents and siblings, children enrolled in Music for Everyone will participate in musical activities that are both fun and educational. Each class engages a variety of learning styles and levels as everyone makes music together in an inclusive setting. Children will be introduced to and explore an array of classroom and orchestral instruments. Handouts will be provided with song titles and lyrics, along with suggestions...
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Music Education Centers is a privately operated music studio dedicated to offering adaptive music programs for students of all ages and abilities. Our programs are designed to accommodate any type of student including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, or other special needs. Private music lessons may be offered at our Penfield studio location or in the student's home.
Upstate Music Therapy Center, LLC has been providing quality music therapy services to special needs children in the greater Rochester area since 1993. Our Music Therapists have received their training at accredited universities and passed the National Board Certification exam. Upstate Music Therapy Center was developed for the sole purpose of providing services for children’s needs and was inspired with the knowledge that all children are special and have unique talents, whatever their disability.
Our agency is also committed to providing support to parents and families of these children using care-based interactions for creating therapeutic plans, sharing progress and consulting, as appropriate. Those individuals who receive services range from infants to young adults up to the age of 21 years old.
Our sessions are conducted in pre-schools, elementary and high schools, center-based programs, childcare centers, homes and at our center in Penfield, NY. Both individual and group therapy is offered, as well as assessments. Most of the children we serve have music therapy designated on their IEP, for which the school district oversees. For other children, parents contract directly with our agency, paying privately for their child’s therapy. Our newest program, Music Explorers, is created for children under the age of 3 years old with or without special needs and their parent or guardian. The groups are conducted on a semester basis throughout the year.
What is music therapy? “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” (American Music Therapy Association – AMTA) Our established healthcare profession uses music to address non-musical goals of individuals, such as physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and communication. Not only does music therapy meet the needs of clients, but music also works to improve their quality of life.
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Managing Autism Together Today (MATT):
Our monthly events:
Family Fun Night at Bounce-It-Out: Second Wednesday every month 5:30pm-730pm
Dad's Night Out: Third Thursday every month @7pm
Mom's Night Out: Fourth Wednesday every month @6pm
Our annual events:
MATT-o-ween Halloween Bowling Party at AMF Webster Lanes:
5th annual Autism Spectrum Connection Fair
MATTS 5K Run for Autism
MATT Family Day with the Rochester Rhinos
MATTS 5th Annual Prize Raffle
For more information and to RSVP for these events please view our Events Page
860 Hard Rd.,Webster, NY, 14580 585-341-4600
PARENT SUPPORT & EDUCATION GROUP
Parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to come together for support, resources, and information sharing. Parent groups offer networking and support, and education through scheduled presenters that focus on a variety of topics.
Parent Support Groups meet two Saturdays per month from 9-11am at the Wolf Life Transitions Center, 860 Hard Road, Webster, NY
For information or to register for the Parent Support Group, please contact Evonne Pomerantz, Program Coordinator, at (585) 347-1031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Education and Training provides training classes to families who have a loved one under the age of 18 with disabilities. Each session helps families: Enhance decision-making capacity of the family unit, provide orientation about the nature and impact of developmental disabilities upon your loved one and you, and inform families about CDS services.
Family Education Training Sessions are offered one to two times per month at CDS' Wolf Life Transitions Center.
CDS Sib Shops:
A unique program developed by CDS, “Sib Shops” addresses the importance of peer support and education for siblings of people living with developmental disabilities. Siblings have the opportunity to learn and share through fun activities in a relaxed environment. This group meets for ten sessions per year at CDS' Wolf Life Transitions Center in Webster. The group meets two Saturdays per month from 10:00 am - noon. Sibshops Group will be held for Siblings age 6-13 years old
Autism Skill Building:
This program is designed to help individuals with Autism increase their skill development. Participants work on increasing their socialization skills, handling their own emotions, and recognizing stress while developing techniques to cope with stress. The program offers great opportunities for peer interaction & support and is open to children ages 6-16. The group meets Monday- Friday for two hours after school.
For more information, contact Sarah Eksten at 347-1075
Parent to Parent of NYS
c/o Finger Lakes DDSO Office
620 Westfall Road Rochester NY 14620
Counties Served: Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Yates, and Wayne
Parent to Parent of NYS is a place where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information.
Support – We offer parents/caregivers the opportunity to connect one-to-one with a parent/caregiver of an individual with the same or similar disability or special health care need – someone who has “been there.”
Information & Referral – We help families locate the information and services they need
Trainings – Workshop sessions are available on Understanding Medicaid Service Coordination, Record Keeping and Using a Health Care Notebook, and various other topics.
The Finger Lakes Office of Parent to Parent of New York State
Our mission is to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families, by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve quality of life.
The efforts of AutismUp have reached thousands in the Upstate New York area to raise awareness of the Autism Epidemic and to strengthen the abilities and increase the success of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, ASD. We provide support and education to individuals with ASD, their families, and professional service providers.
To provide support to those who care for individuals with ASD
To identify areas of need for individuals and families affected by ASD
To create and implement social skills education programs for individuals with ASD
To provide community education and awareness regarding ASD
To advocate for individuals with ASD through policy change
To collaborate with community partners to promote the inclusion of individuals with ASD
Our current programming includes:
Spectrum Sibs Sibshops:
Spectrum Sibs is a Sibshop specifically for kids ages 8-12 who have a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.
* For most current information on programming visit the website at www.autismup.org.
Summer Social Skills Education Program at the YMCA
I Can Ride, (formerly the Lose the Training Wheels Program)
Exploring Sensations Sensory Integration Program
AutismUp Connections Support Groups
Monthly Speaker Series
Conferences and Workshops
Monthly Family Gatherings
Special Interest Groups include:
Lego Buddies, Girl Power, & Science Club
Camp Puzzle Peace is committed to providing support and traditional family experiences for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays that may limit a families ability to participate in traditional activities. Our goal is to provide skills to families and children that promote independence, healthy active life styles, networking and greater opportunities for families to participate in their community. We are providing programming and support for families of children ages 5-18. Our focus is on the whole family and what we can do to enhance the lives of all members of the family dealing with Autism. We offer programs both locally and in the Adirondack Mountains.
1103 Salt Road, Webster, NY 14580
Heritage Christian Stables, owned and operated by Heritage Christian Services, is a therapeutic riding program for children and adults, accredited by NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped, Inc.). With the assistance of highly skilled riding instructors, physical therapists, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, this program provides an exciting opportunity for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth. If you’re interested in learning more, including the volunteer opportunities,
urbanPLAY Innovative OT, PLLC offers community based play programs targeting social and skill building opportunities for children of all abilities. urbanPLAY groups are approved by the Monroe County Early Intervention Program as community based developmental groups for qualifying children ages six months to three years.
Contact Leora Rozin, MS, OTR/L for more information about opportunities for your child to be social, active, and successful!
|1861 Scottsville Road, Rochester, NY 14623
Phone 585-434-2720, website Ontario Play & Cafe: an inviting place for children and adults alike. We are very excited to open the doors of our brand-new, 14,000 SF facility for all children ages 12 and younger and their accompanying parents or guardians for fun, hands-on, open play.'Exploring naturally' is our main focus. Moms and dads love our variety of completely non-electronic activities that promote imagination and learning for their little explorers. Kids love the open play facility with the confidence of having their moms and dads just a few steps away. At the same time, kids can gradually expand their independence within a safe environment - no matter what play preferences each child has. He/she can pick from a broad variety - from physical activities, to social play, to quieter choices like sensory play.Our Ontario Cafe with its comfortable seating is the centerpiece for parents. From here, moms and dads can easily watch their kids in all the surrounding play areas. Enjoying healthy, tasty food and socializing are just two other delights for parents.
The Jujitsu Buddies program is designed to be a comprehensive introduction to the world of Jujitsu and Martial Arts.Some of the benefits your children will experience from participation in this program are as follows: Focus, Awareness, Social Skills, Strength, Coordination, Confidence, Safety and Teamwork.
The Kid Fit program is designed to provide kids ages 4-11 with ASD a comprehensive introduction to exercise and well-being. Primary benefits are:Strength, Body Awareness, Coordination, Social Skills and Focus. Physical activity can promote self-esteem, increase general levels of happiness and lead to positive social outcomes.
No Gi Jujitsu:
The No Gi Jujitsu program is designed to introduce tweens / teens to the world of Jujitsu and Martial Arts. Direct benefits from this class are: Strength, Social Skills, Confidence, Coordination and Teamwork,
The Core 4 Fitness program is designed to provide teenagers with ASD an introduction to exercise and well-being. The sedentary Autistic child becomes the sedentary teen and adult and are at risk for issues such as obesity ("low tone"), diabetes and high blood pressure. Benefits of this program are: Social Skills, Confidence, Strength and Coordination.
The Pieters Family Life Center, a premier program of Heritage Christian Services, is a 21,000-square-feet facility, designed to serve the health and wellness needs of those with and without disabilities, and promote community inclusion in a bright, open active environment for people of all ages. In addition to exercise classes and therapy programs, the center works to create a sense of community that supports all kinds of wellness: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and occupational.
TIES Program Director
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TIES (Together Including Every Student) provides support to students with developmental disabilities in community, recreational and extracurricular activities with the support of trained student volunteers. Participants are 3rd grade and older and volunteers are 8th grade and older.
TIES is currently in place in more than 30 school districts throughout the Western, Central, and Finger Lakes regions of New York. To see whether TIES is in your school district, click here.
TIES Coordinators work closely with the school districts to identify eligible participants, recruit and train peer volunteers, communicate with activity leaders, and make necessary arrangements for each activity.
Activities can be –
- A single event, such as a school dance or after-school football game.
- An ongoing class, such as cooking, dance, martial arts, music, or gymnastics.
- Ongoing participation in a community organization, such as Scouts.
- A Drumming Circle.
Heritage Christian Services is a thriving nonsectarian human services agency supporting more than 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities through the operation of more than 60 residential homes, service coordination, respite and 24 day habilitation programs. HCS has been designated as a Compass agency by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities as one of New York State's top service providers. In addition, short-term respite care, offered at Respitewood and Respitelodge, is one of our most highly sought services.
Heritage Christian is always known for its innovative programs including the Pieters Family Life Center and Expressive Beginnings Child Care in Henrietta, Heritage Christian Stables in Webster, Springdale Farm in Ogden.
700 Colby Street, Spencerport, NY 14559
Springdale Farm is operated by Heritage Christian Services and owned by Monroe County. Springdale is a premiere agricultural education facility open to the public, and serves as a day program site for adults with developmental disabilities, who care for the plants and animals, maintain the beautiful farm grounds and welcome over 40,000 visitors each year.
The farm is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday (enter through Visitor Education Center). On Sundays, open hours are from noon to 4 p.m. (enter through gate near farm house). Last entrance to farm is 3:30 p.m.
A Second Thought Resale Shop:
A Second Thought Resale Shop offers men's, women's and children's clothing, in addition to fashion accessories and small house wares. The store is owned by Heritage Christian Services and all sale proceeds benefit the agency's International Ministries, which includes collecting, refurbishing and matching wheelchairs to people in third world countries.
To learn more visit www.asecondthought.org.
349 W. Commercial Street, in the Piano Works Mall, E. Rochester, NY.
The Center for Human Services Education is an education provider for support professionals, families, consumers and the community. CHSE is comprised of member agencies that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities. We offer up-to-date training programs to increase the skills of your workforce. All of our programming is designed to assist our members in education, developing, and retaining their employees.
For more information, call Wendy Quarles at (585) 340-2009.
People Inc. is Western New York's leading non-profit human services agency. Through a variety of services including residential, employment, community outreach, health care and recreation programs, we help seniors, families and people with disabilities live more healthy, independent and productive lives.
As an OPWDD Compass agency, People Inc. has been recognized for progressing beyond minimal regulatory compliance and having achieved excellence in service delivery. OPWDD designated Compass agencies engage their entire organization by encouraging service recipients, board members, management, and staff to work together in a person-centered environment with the goal of promoting and achieving valued outcomes for the people served.
in 1970, a small group of parents and professionals joined together to address the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and formed what would grow to become People Inc. The agency expanded its mission to include a wider variety of services to address the needs of people with developmental disabilities and disabling conditions, as well as the general public. Over the years, People Inc. has grown greatly in numbers of populations served, spectrum of services, geographic locations, and number of sites.
THE MISSION OF PEOPLE INC.
People Inc. exists so that individuals with disabling conditions or other special needs have the supports they need to participate and succeed in an accepting society.
THE VISON OF PEOPLE INC.
People Inc. is working toward a future where all persons whose needs limit their integration into the community can reach their highest level of human potential as responsible members of society. It is hoped that these individuals will, to their potential, be contributing and active members in their communities, enjoying the greatest possible degree of independence and acceptance, in all aspects of their lives.
LIST OF SERVICES:
Medicaid Service Coordination- The Service Coordinator assists individuals of all ages with accessing services they want and need. Includes intake/assessment, service planning and coordination, advocacy, crisis intervention, linkage/referral, and follow-up monitoring. Individuals with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries are eligible. Also varies depending on program or services received. All of our service coordinators have at least a 4 year degree in human services field. They also attend 15 hours of professional training on an annual basis.
Community Habilitation, allows individuals to work 1:1 with staff in their home and in the community to develop skills that they have identified as necessary for them to become as independent as possible.
Day Habilitation Without Walls (DHWW), allows individuals to work in a group setting with staff and develop a program based on their interests and needs utilizing community resources and facilities
IN-HOME BEHAVIOR TREATMENT AND COUNSELING- IBTC allows behavioral support staff to work in the home and community of eligible individuals who are having difficulty. People Inc. uses the Positive Behavioral Support Model as an approach to build relationships between caregivers and individuals and strengthen positive behavioral change far after the behavior support has ended. All staff have at least a 4 year degree in human services field. The staff work with the individual and families to build vital skills and reach valued outcomes as well as teach a caregiver what behavior is, how to understand its function, and learn to adapt to support their loved one.
In Home Respite, is an "indirect" service that provides relief to individuals who are responsible for the primary care and support of an individual with a developmental disability. When a family member or live-in/house-parent needs a break, respite services can ensure that their loved one's needs are met. In Home Respite can be provided during the day and evenings.
After-School Respite, provides supervision for children and relief for their parents. Activities are available to kids in a group and individual formats. Special events occur throughout the year.
abilitYoga was started by a team of two experienced occupational therapists to provide unique adaptive yoga therapy for children with special needs, either developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs, in the metropolitan Rochester, New York area. Our motto is to put ABILITY first! In particular, we focus on providing child-centered individualized yoga services as a complementary therapy for children of all ages and levels. Our treatment is designed to help children attain optimal functional performance across a variety of environments. Our prior work experiences as pediatric occupational therapists serve as an excellent background to develop a holistic approach to use the practice of yoga to address individual needs and to accommodate mild to severe delays in cognitive, social-emotional, communication, and motor areas.
RELATIVE MOTION offers group and individual children’s yoga classes in the Rochester area. Our main focus is helping children develop increased body awareness through movement. Through gross and fine motor activity, yoga may help integrate postural reflexes resulting in not only increased flexibility, but also improved learning and emotional health. Our classes feature traditional yoga poses infused with story and games. Poses are selected for their ability to calm and/or give the body new opportunities to stretch and strengthen.
Parent testimonial: "We are just so pleased with the work that Cindi has done with our 6 year old daughter who is on the Spectrum. Yoga is a great benefit to all children, but it can be especially helpful to children who have issues with self- regulation and body/self-awareness. Cindi offers a gentle, kind and often playful Yoga practice, which has helped our little girl to become calmer and more confident about herself."
Hello, my name is Whitney Pisano and I am a graduate occupational therapy student at Nazareth College. I wanted to reach out and introduce myself along with my partner Julianna Graham. Julianna and I are currently researching the stress levels of individuals aged 18-24, who have a sibling diagnosed with autism. We are seeking participants that fit this criteria to further our research. In order to be a consenting participant, a short online survey needs to be completed. Attached below is the survey link. We will use the results from the anonymous online surveys to compare to the stress levels of similar aged individuals who have a typically developing sibling. We would be so thankful and excited for additional participation!
I also wanted to take this time to provide our contact information if you happen to have any questions!
Whitney Pisano email@example.com
Julianna Graham firstname.lastname@example.org
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