Help for people with autism, their families, caregivers, and anyone who has questions about autism. This is a local information and referral service, for callers in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas.
6 AM - midnight, seven days a week, 365 days a year for any reason. To leave a message after hours, email: HelpLine@GolisanoAutismCenter.org
Trained professionals who can help callers find the best source of services, provide directions, appropriate referrals and/or support, as needed, in real time.
The HelpLine offers a broad range of autism related information and support.
Board Members of the Founding Agencies which are Putting the Pieces Together to create the new Golisano Autism Center (Al Sigl Community of Agencies, Autism Up and CP Rochester) gathered for an update on the progress of this comprehensive center which will transform the lives of thousands of children and young adults and their families who live with Autism.
Thank you to B. Thomas Golisano and the Trustees of Golisano Foundation for the stunning lead gifts they have provided and to Ann Costello for highlighting these extraordinary efforts.
The dream of providing comprehensive, coordinated services for children with autism and their families will be a reality one day soon.
The new Center will be named for philanthropist, and Paychex and Golisano Foundation Chairman, Tom Golisano, who announced that he is making a matching challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build the Center. The first major gift toward the challenge comes from the Golisano Foundation in the amount of $500,000, making the total commitment-to-date $3 million.
“I am pleased to provide a challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build this unique collaborative center, which will bring together a wide array of coordinated services and expertise under one roof. The Center will represent a significant improvement in how people with autism and their families can get the services they need over the course of their lifetimes. I hope that my gift will inspire others to join me and contribute in a meaningful way to this important endeavor.” - Tom Golisano
The Golisano Autism Center will provide a continuum of services that span a lifetime and offer a full array of coordinated program options for infants, toddlers, youth, teens and adults including: behavioral and primary care supports; respite; community habilitation; social, recreational and therapeutic services; and a housing and employment liaison. Lead partners Al Sigl, AutismUp and CP Rochester will coordinate the addition of other affiliate autism service agencies to be housed at the center.
The Golisano Autism Center will be located on South Avenue near Science Parkway and will include shared program spaces, a sensory gym, classrooms, therapy rooms and more. The total cost of construction for the 25,000 square foot building is $5 million.
Checks may be made payable to the Golisano Autism Center, Inc.
Mail to the attention of:
Al Sigl Community of Agencies
Putting the Pieces Together Campaign
c/o: The Golisano Autism Center
attn: Dan Meyers
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
Make your check payable to Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp or CP Rochester, or visit the partner organization website and select the donation link to pay by credit card. Your donation to this campaign will be designated by the lead partner organization directly to the Center.
Al Sigl Community of Agencies1000 Elmwood Ave., Suite 300
Debra Salmon(585) 442-4102
AutismUp855 Publishers Parkway
Lisa Ponticello(585) 248-9011
“The establishment of the Golisano Autism Center is a game changer. It means our loved ones will have the opportunities and supports they need to move forward. It means as families, instead of fearing the future, we can look forward to the opportunities that this community is committed to creating.”
“Our heartfelt thanks to Tom Golisano, Ann Costello and the Golisano Foundation Board of Trustees for believing in our vision to support the enhancement and expansion of autism services in our community,”
“Individuals with autism are different and require a unique approach to support. Coordinating services for children and adults with autism is difficult. We want the best for our child and must recruit the best people, but that’s easier said than done. As parents of a child with autism, we get this reality, and now, our community has shown that they get it too!”
“We're excited to partner on this much-needed project for our community, and are grateful to Tom Golisano for helping to make it a reality. The opportunity to coordinate and customize autism-specific services, and prepare for the next stage of life together under one roof, will be a dream come true for families. As a parent of a child with autism, I know how exhausting and confusing it can be to go from place to place for services.”
“The Golisano Autism Center will provide everything families in our community have been wishing for their loved ones — coordinated support, innovative programming, a collaborative community approach, and a clear path to the future. ”
“This innovative model for delivering autism-based services will be unlike anything else in our region. We anticipate that this model will be looked at on a national level and will eventually be the the go-to model for how a community prepares individuals with ASD for a successful and fulfilling life.”
“The Foundation and Tom’s investment in the Golisano Autism Center Rochester will have a long-lasting impact on individuals with autism, their families and the entire community. Our community is fortunate to have the collective expertise and dedication of Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp, CP Rochester, Mary Cariola Children’s Center and others. Together their work will greatly improve quality of life, and the effectiveness of services delivered for individuals with autism, their families and providers alike.”