Resources

Educational Options

  • Autism Services, Inc.

    Autism Services, Inc. (formerly known as Autistic Services, Inc.) is an agency with multiple locations offering a variety of educational and quality of life programs that include Adult Day Programs, Residential Programs, Supported Employment, Family Support Services (including Medical Services Coordination, Respite, In-Home Clinical Support Program, Therapeutic Recreation for Autistic Children (TRAC) and an After School and Vacation Camp Program) and related Clinical Support. Program ages 5-21 Contact 716-631-5777.

  • Baker Victory Services

    They offer a certified Tomatis-based preschool with full-day integrated classroom, ages 3-5. The focus is on enhancing a child’s ability to integrate the different sensory systems. They also offer therapeutic Tomatis programs for adults and children for a cost and provide Early Intervention (E.I.) services. The therapeutic Tomatis program is funded by the county for children under 3 who are eligible for E.I.

  • Bornhava

    An early intervention and preschool program, nurturing and educating children with developmental disabilities.

  • Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center

    Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center offer a variety of communication-based therapies to service Niagara and Erie counties and school-based programs in Chautauqua County. Programs and services offered are Oral Deaf Education program, Language to Literacy, Social Communication program, Bridge Builders and Autism program, Early Intervention program, Preschool program and Clinical Services to include hearing and speech evaluations.

  • Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc.

    Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc. provides evaluations for children birth-5 years; integrated and non-integrated daycare and preschool programs birth-5 years; school age programs; vocational and day services; supported employment; and Medicaid Service Coordination.

  • Preschool Learning Center, League for the Handicapped, Inc.

    Located in Springville, PLC serves children in a center-based program, and also provides therapeutic and special education services for children in their homes or in other community-based settings. They offer evaluations, early intervention services, center based programs, and other related services.

  • Aspire of WNY

    Aspire of WNY General Information: 716-324-2744 Visit their website for
    full listing of services. Aspire Center for Living Early Intervention and
    Ed. Svc.716-505-5700

  • The Summit Center

    Broad range of services for children and adults with ASD.  Intensive 1 to 1 ABA intervention for preschoolers.   Preschool and school-aged ABA-based classrooms to age 21.   After school, evening and weekend respite.  Day program for adults.   Contact: 716-629-3400.

  • Buffalo Speech and Hearing

    Bridge Builders Autism Program Pre K and K.  Full day center based program for ages 3-7 .   Uses Stanley Greenspan's " Floortime Teaching Approach".

  • Cantalician Center

    School aged program 5-21 with sensory therapy, calming rooms, adaptive physical education programs, library center, music with adaptive instruments, speech, OT, PT, and vocational training for Life Skills.

  • Aspire Center for Learning

    Preschool and school-aged program ages 5-21.    Traditionally for physically involved children.   Utilize computers as communication device, augmentative communication etc.

College Options

  • Aspergers Initiative at Mercyhurst

    The Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) is designed for students who, while exhibiting superior intellectual ability, face challenges in executive functioning and social interactions. The mission of the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst is to educate college students living with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a program that equally emphasizes academic and social competency. The program focuses on a collaborative model that promotes the development of self-advocacy and independent living skills to encourage sound academic and social progress.

  • College Autism Spectrum

    This website has a list of colleges that have programs for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome.

  • College Internship Program (CIP)

    The College Internship Program is a comprehensive post-secondary transition program for young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Differences. Students receive individualized supports in the area of social skills, college academics, internship and career development, and life skills.

  • Spectrum Support Program RIT

    Rochester Institute of Technology offers this program to individuals with ASD to help with the initial transition to college life, support the development of self awareness and self advocacy skills, and build skills and confidence while interacting with others.

Recreational Options

  • Au-some Evenings at Explore and More

    On the second Friday of every month, these special evenings will give children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their friends and family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will have access to the museum and Imagination Playground. These evenings will be free of charge to participants. Space is limited so reservations are essential. Please call Peg at (716) 332-4170 to secure your spot.

  • Clarence Adaptive Learn to Swim Program

    Clarence Learn to Swim offers several programs to children and their families. Two of their programs are specifically geared towards children with special needs and significant medical conditions.

  • CNBSA Challenger Baseball League

    The league has been specifically developed for individuals ages 5 and up who have a physical, mental or emotional disability, and would enjoy the fun of playing baseball. The game is played like T-Ball, everyone bats, everyone scores, there are no outs, and there are helpers "Buddies" on the field to assist the players.

  • EMW Dream League Baseball

    EMW's Dream League was formed to give children ages 5-16 the opportunity to play baseball in an environment that is flexible and based on participants' abilities. Both resident and non-resident are welcome. Each player is paired with a "buddy" who provides encouragement and assistance as needed.

  • Find Your Niche Program

    A Town of Hamburg Recreation program for children with High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS or Asperger's Syndrome. They have different low cost sessions during the year. You do not need to be a resident to participate. Call Town of Hamburg Rec Department for more information: 716-646-5145.

  • New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Access Pass

    The Access Pass permits residents of New York State with permanent disabilities, as defined in the application, free use of the parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

  • Recreation and Leisure Directory 2015

    The Recreation & Leisure Services Directory is a resource for individuals with disabilities and families. This directory is intended to assist users in finding physical, social and creative opportunities to enrich one's life. The Directory is updated during the spring of every year.

  • SABAH Skating

    SABAH’s mission is to challenge individuals with special needs and volunteer partners to experience the success, pride, freedom and joy of therapeutic ice-skating while achieving personal growth.

  • Sweet Charlottes

    Bring your kids and let them explore, be inspired, learn, PARTY, and PLAY at Sweet Charlottes located in Clarence Hollow area, contact Molly at 320-5848.

  • The Town of Cheektowaga Adapted Recreation Program and Special Olympics

    The Cheektowaga Adapted Recreation Program is for youth with developmental and other disabilities, ages 5-21, and youth with learning and other disabilities, ages 5-16. The program is in session from October -May.

  • TOPSoccer-The Outreach Program for Soccer

    TOPSoccer, The Outreach Program for Soccer, is a New York State West and US Youth Soccer official program. This program is designed for children with disabilities, ages 5 to 21. This program accommodates all disabilities whether mental or physical. This is an exciting program that brings the joy of playing soccer to players who have not traditionally had a place in the youth soccer system.

  • A Gift for Bowling

    Tonawanda
    Bowling Center, 574 Young Street, Tonawanda Saturday's @ 10 am Cost: $15 a
    team (child and adult) includes shoes. Pizza party and an award for
    children at the
    end of the 15 week session.*Benefits Autism Society WNY Chapter. Contact: Mary
    Chase: (716) 694-4120

  • Danceability

    Danceability
    is an individualized dance, fitness and movement program serving the special
    needs community.

  • Lancaster Game Night

    Lancaster Youth Bureau, 200 Oxford Ave. Lancaster, NY 14086 Contact: Tammy,
    email: tamderk@hotmail.com or Karen Schanne, 716-683-4444, or Lynne, email:
    thirtytoesntired@aol.com A game Night for children grades K-12 with ASD.
    Held once a month. Activities include video games, foosball tables, arts &
    crafts, board games, and Bingo. You can bring your own games to share.

  • Moving Miracles

    954 Union
    Rd., Suite 1, West Seneca 716-656-1321 A dance and movement program for
    children, adolescents and adults with special needs serving WNY.

  • Sensory Sunday's

    Sky Zone 425 Cayuga Road, Cheektowaga. Sundays 9–11am Cost: $10/ $25 family
    716-206-3300 For children and adults with special needs and their families.
    Music is turned off
    and distractions are dialed down for their jumpers.

  • SN@P Fit @ Rolli Pollies

    East Amherst
    716-689-6151 Orchard Park 716-662-7424 Open play time dedicated to children
    with special needs, 12 and under and their families. Call for day/times.
    Cost $10.

  • Special Needs Bowling League

    Runs September-April; Join any time. Contact: Vienna (716) 430-5118 A league for
    any age special needs individual. Cost is $6.50 per individual for 2 games and shoe rental.

  • WNY Adaptive Water Sports

    This program is designed to accommodate people with a wide range of disabilities. Adapted equipment and careful coordination between instructors and volunteers helps the participants spend time enjoying the water by fishing, sailing, scuba diving, waterskiing, or just lounging in the water on a beautiful day.

  • The Summit Center

    L.A.F.F.S. Recreation-Leisure Family Fitness and Socialization Program.   Ages 5-25.   Must be OPWDD qualified.   Summit will provide disability awareness and support so that child and family and child can access community recreational opportunities.   Also Building Friendships Friday ages 16-25. Phone 716-629-3400.

  • Sensory Friendly Films

    AMC link AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to
    bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special
    opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting
    environment on a monthly basis with the "Sensory Friendly Films" program.
    The movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned
    down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free
    snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie.
    Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout
    or sing - in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be
    enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. The local theater
    is AMC Maple Ridge 8 located at the corner of Maple and Sweethome in
    Amherst. Cost is the same as a Matinee movie, check with the theater for
    current cost.

  • Summer Recreational Resources

  • A-List:Summer Activity List for Children with ASD

    This list of Summer Activities including summer camps, therapy programs, recreation, trains, state park access and more was developed by CASE, Children's Guild Foundation ASD Clinic at Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. It is a very comprehensive list of things to do in the Buffalo area for the Summer of 2015.

  • Camping Tips: 11 Ideas for Taking a Child with Autism Camping

    Families affected by autism spectrum disorders often have to plan ahead for every scenario when going on vacation. This article provides its readers with 11 tips for taking your loved one camping.

  • Excalibur Leisure Skills Center Inc.

    Excalibur is a private, non-profit all volunteer, charitable organization dedicated to providing adaptive boating and fishing opportunities for developmentally challenged and disadvantaged persons. Its goal is to provide access to Lake Erie, as well as offer developmental, therapeutic and recreational opportunities for Human Service Agencies and their related programs.

  • Fisher Price Free Movies Series

    Come to The Aurora Theatre in East Aurora and enjoy a classic family film as our guest on Wednesdays at 11a.m. Meet and greet the Fisher-Price® Little People® Characters, see Fisher-Price® animated shorts before the film and receive special Fisher-Price® Toy Store Coupons! Click the link for 2014 Schedule.

  • I Can Bike (formerly Loose the Training Wheels)

    Approximately 80% of the individuals with disabilities who participate in our iCan Bike program ride a two-wheel bicycle independently by the end of our five-day program. The remaining 20% of participating individuals with disabilities make tremendous progress towards this goal and leave our program accompanied by parents and/or siblings trained as ‘spotters’ to pick up where we leave off!

  • 2015 Recreation and Leisure Directory

    The Recreation & Leisure Services Directory is a resource for individuals
    with disabilities and families. This directory is intended to assist users
    in finding physical, social and creative opportunities to enrich one's life.
    The Directory is updated during the spring of every year.

  • Cradle Beach Camp

    "Cradle Beach, located in Angola, NY, serves the needs of children between the ages of 8 and 16 with disabilities and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds in their summer camping program. Children come to camp for 7-10 days of residential programming in an inclusive setting where they are provided a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, self-worth, and decision making, in an atmosphere of love and acceptance. Cost is a sliding fee scale based on family income. For more information, or to request an application, please call the Cradle Beach Office at (716) 549-6307 Ext. 205 or e-mail admissions@cradlebeach.org.
    Cradle Beach also offers weekend respite in the spring and fall through the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver."

  • Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center

    Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center www.dunkirkcc.com “One Piece
    at a Time – Autism Spectrum Disorder Camp” is a three-day vacation designed
    for families with children up to 12 years old who have Autism. There will
    be volunteer support for each family. Contact: Jennifer Vacanti (716)
    366-1900

  • Holiday Recreational Resources

  • 7 Gifts to Take to a Family with Autism

    Here is a very good article on Huffpost Healthy Living. It has 7 very good
    ideas for gifts to give to a family with a child with Autism.

  • Halloween Tips from the Autism Society

    Some tips for helping kids on the Autism Spectrum with Halloween.

  • Toy Guide for Different Abilities

    Toys R Us has come out with a toy guide for Differently Abled kids. It will
    give you some ideas for kids with special needs. It has created several
    different categories of areas of need and each toy is noted with the
    categories that is helps with.
    It is always best to know the child you are buying for. This link takes you
    to the ad section, you will need to scroll over to the Differently-Abled
    catalog. Also available in Spanish.

  • Twelve Tips for Helping Individuals with Autism Have a Happy Holiday Season

    The following tips were developed with input from the Autism Society, the
    Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Easter Seals Crossroads, the Sonya
    Ansari Center for Autism at Logan and the Indiana Autism Leadership Network.

  • Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Retreat Weekend

    Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Retreat Weekend www.wellnessgifts.org 1 Weekend
    each May, June, July, and August (607) 684-3243 Hickory Hill Family Camping
    Resort, Bath, NY Wellness G.I.F.T.S., Inc. is committed to providing
    educational, social, emotional, recreational activities and respite care to
    all members of families who have children with special needs.

  • Summer Therapy Programs

    • Buffalo Hearing and Speech Summer Program - ages 5- high School

      Buffalo Hearing and Speech www.askbhsc.org
      Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center's Social Communication Program is available
      to students age 5 through high school who have social communication
      deficits. This program helps students to develop successful social
      communication skills in the areas of Conversational Skills, Self-Regulation
      Skills, Cooperation Skills, and Generalization Skills. They also run
      programs in the fall and spring. Costs are covered by some insurance plans.

    • institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius - Ages 4-6

      The Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College offers a social development program for children ages 4-6 years with high functioning autism spectrum disorders

    • Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius - Ages 7-12

      The Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College offers two social development programs for children ages 7-12 years with high functioning autism spectrum disorders. The summer-max program seeks to maximize social competencies by providing instruction and therapeutic activities and runs Monday thru Friday from 8:50 a.m.-4:10 p.m. for five weeks at Canisius College. The Max-out program is based on the summer program and runs during the school year. The 90 minute sessions are held two times per week for 18-24 weeks from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

    • UB Hearing and Speech Clinic - Six age groups

      Call 716-829-5575 or email ubspeechandhearingclinic@gmail.com
      Six Mini-Camps: 1. The Language Focused Preschool Program (ages 3-5); 2.Communication Café for Older Teens (ages 16-19) focuses on developing social language skills.
      3. Social Language Skills to Go (ages 9-13) focuses on building meaningful and reciprocal conversations)
      4. Verbal Communication Skill Building Program (ages 2-16) ABA principles of reinforcement, prompting and learning)
      5. Articulation Boot Camp (Grades 6-12)
      6. Listening to Learn Skill-Building Mini-Camp (Grades 3-6) focuses on the needs of children
      who struggle to listen and learn.

    • The Summit Center Community Connections

      Community Connections summer program provides children and adolescents with Autism and Aspergers over 200 hours of intensive training , experience and practice in social, emotional and behavioral skills, allowing them to make friends and learn to better connect with peers, siblings, teachers and parents . Location for 2017: Willowridge Elementary School . Contact : 716-629-3400

    • The Summit Center Summer Treatment Program

      The Summer Treatment Program is for children and adolescent with ADHD. They spend the day playing sports, participate in social skills training, arts and crafts and spend two hours per day in a classroom working on academics and behaviors to promote academic success. (1st grade to age 17) Location for 2017 : Willow Ridge Elementary school. Contact 716-629-3400,

    National Resources

    • ASA Brochures and Pamphlets

      The Autism Society of America publishes a variety of brochures and pamphlets on Autism-related issues. All of ASA's brochures are available in PDF format and can be downloaded for free by clicking on the appropriate option.

    • Autism One National Conference

      Five day Conference with over 100 speakers. It is a great conference with a wide variety of topics. Click on the blue link to learn more. It is held just before Memorial Day in Chicago.

    • Autism One National Conference Videos

      The 2015 Autism One Conference was just held in Chicago. This year many of the workshops are available online.

    • Autism Research Institute

      Founded by Bernard Rimland, the A.R.I. publishes a quarterly newsletter, the "Autism Research Review International," that covers biomedical and educational research in the field of Autism and related disorders. The Autism Research Institute holds Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) Conferences twice a year to bring researchers and parents together. The ARI is also a good source for books on the biomedical issues in Autism. To subscribe to the Autism Research Institute's free monthly e-Newsletter visit Autism.com and click on "subscribe".

    • Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)

      DDR is dedicated to meeting the needs of children with developmental delays in sensory, motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR is the ONE resource network integrating conventional and holistic approaches for parents and professionals who support children with special needs.

    • Interactive Autism Network (IAN)

      The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is an innovative online project bringing together tens of thousands of people affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and hundreds of researchers in a search for answers. Individuals with an ASD and their families can share information in a secure setting to become part of the largest online autism research effort. The data collected by IAN both facilitates scientific research and empowers autism community leaders to advocate for improved services and resources. In addition, anyone impacted by an ASD can become part of IAN's online community to stay informed about autism research and make their voices heard.

    • OASIS @ MAAP

      The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/ Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).

    • The Schafer Autism Report

      Provides list subscribers with the latest information on Autism topics, including Special Education, Secretin, vaccines, IDEA, and Autism research. This list monitors larger autism-related lists as well as newspapers and web sites for important news and developments to compile a daily online newsletter. Sign up for email newsletter to be kept abreast of recent developments in the field of Autism. Can be a paid subscription or a No cost scholarship subscription (paid for by sustainer subscribers).

    • National Autism Society

      The leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. The Autism Society is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. The Autism Society accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of chapters, members and supporters. Contact Phone (301) 657-0881 or 1-800-3AUTISM (1-800-328-8476)

    • Autism Advocate Magazine

      The National Autism Society’s magazine, the Autism Advocate offers a diverse collection of the latest issues in autism (e.g., employment, education, environmental health, therapies/interventions, adult issues, caregiving, etc.), Autism Society news, personal perspectives of families and individuals living with autism, and tips from parents and professionals.

    • Wrightslaw

      Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys go to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

    • Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders

      Founded by Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders has been a pioneer in its work to advance the identification, prevention, and treatment of developmental and learning disorders. ICDL extends knowledge of developmental processes and provides a framework (DIR/Floortime Model) for understanding and improving interventions with infants, children and adults with challenges in relating, communicating and thinking, including autism spectrum disorders. 

    • National Autism Association

      Helping Hand, Financial Aid for Autism Families. The NAA's Helping Hand Program provides grant funding for medical treatment, lab testing, supplements and therapies not covered by insurance.

    • Autism Internet Modules (AIM)

      Developed by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) in partnership with the Autism Society of America (ASA), the NebraskaAutism Spectrum Disorders Network, the National Professional Development Center onAutism Spectrum Disorders and Toronto's Geneva Centre for Autism, this series of online learning modules includes information on assessment and identification of ASDs, recognizing and understanding behaviors and characteristics, transition to adulthood, employment, and numerous evidence-based practices and interventions.  FREE - unless taking for credits.

    Publications

    Books & VIdeos

    • Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC)

      AAPC Publishing specializes in books and multi-media on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related exceptionalities for individuals on the spectrum, their parents, families, peers, educators and other professionals.

    • Chantal Sicile-Kira

      To learn more about Chantal SIcile-Kira, the award winning author, professional and parent of a son with Autism, click the blue link. She is the author of two of the books that we give out, "Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Complete Guide to Understanding Autism, Aspergers' Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and Other ASD's" and the latest one "41 Things to Know About Autism".

    • Coulter Video

      You’ve come to the right place to find practical, effective DVDs, articles and other resources for people with Asperger Syndrome and autism and those who support them. We have videos that teach social skills, navigating puberty, and how to succeed at work or in college. We have videos that help family members, teachers, classmates, employers and others understand people who think differently. We have a wealth of free articles you can read, download and share – and online links to other sites we’ve found particularly helpful.

    • Future Horizons, Inc.

      A Leader in Books, DVDs, and Conferences on Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

    • Jessica Kingsley Publishers

      Jessica Kingsley Publishers are an independent publishers of accessible books on Autism and Asperger's Syndrome that make a difference. Their books are for parents, professionals, academics and the general reader.

    • Natural Learning Concepts

      Natural Learning Concepts is an online source for a wide range of products for both teachers and parents. Their products range from timers to sensory products to oral motor to social emotional and many more. You can sign up for the email list to get notice of their specials.

    • What it is like to have Autism

      Here is a link to a video made by 13 year old Rosie, who lives in the U.K. and has Asperger's Syndrome. It is a very good video to explain Autism.

    Downloadable Resources

    Articles

    • PBS Parents - How to Help Children With Autism

      The information is intended to help parents of children with Autism improve the overall quality of life for their children and family. Learn about improving the overall quality of life for children with or without disabilities by promoting inclusion and respect for differences. The resources on this site help parents and caregivers create more inclusive communities.

    Local Resources

    • Parent Network of Western NY

      A community resource for families of individuals with special needs and for professionals who work with these families. Parent Network’s goal is to empower families to successfully advocate for their children with special needs and to see that they receive proper care and education by offering seminars, workshops, conferences, information and referral services, and resources.

    • Parent to Parent of NYS

      Parent to Parent of NYS supports and connects families of individuals with special needs. They provide the support and connection through their parent matching program; information and referral; and trainings.

    • CASE: Center for Autism Support and Education

      CASE provides information, training and support for families of individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the professionals who work with them. CASE is a collaboration of Autistic Services, Inc., Daemen College, Early Childhood Direction Center, Parent Network of WNY and Summit Educational Resources.

    • Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)

       Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives.

    • Autism Up!

      Autism Up! provides support and education to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and professional service providers by offering information, resources, workshops and conferences. They are located in Rochester, NY.

    • CARD Albany

      The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany (CARD Albany) is a university - affiliated resource center that brings research and practice together in community settings. CARD Albany provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals, and through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders.