Accessible Academics helps young adults with disabilities find success in school, career, and independent living. Services offered: academic support, life skills support, job skills support and social emotional support. Contact: 716-492-8656.
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.
Aspire of WNY
Aspire of WNY services include Day Services, Community and Independent Living Support, Aspire Center for Learning, Healthcare Services, Residential Opportunities, Respite and Recreation. Visit their website for a full listing of services and more information. For questions or more information contact Central Intake at 716-838-0047.
Autism Services, Inc.
Autism Services, Inc. is an agency with multiple locations offering a variety of educational and quality of life programs that include Adult Day Services, Residential Services, Employment Support Services, Family Support Services (Saturday Recreation, After School and Vacation Camp Services, a Social Skills Group, In-Home Clinical Support Services, and Respite Services), Clinical Services, and Education Program ages 5-21. Contact 716-631-5777.
An early intervention and preschool program, nurturing and educating children with developmental disabilities. 716-839-1655
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. 716-885-8318
Cantalician Center provides evaluations for children birth-5 years; integrated and non-integrated daycare and preschool programs birth-5 years; school age programs ages 2-21 years; vocational and day services; and supported employment. Contact: Academic Campus, Early Childhood Center & Administration 716-901-8700; Community & Day Services 716-901-8900
The Children's League
The Children’s League 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 (birth – 7 years). Referrals are made through your county’s home Early Intervention program, your local school district’s CPSE, and CSE programs. The Children's League offers a highly specialized program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disorders. Instructional methods are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with a special focus on Verbal Behavior Training. 716-592-9331.
Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
HSLDA passionately advocates for the freedom to homeschool and offers support for every stage of your homeschool journey.
Provides homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to member families, promotes homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offers information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers.
OLV Human Services
OLV Human Services (formerly known as Baker Victory Services) offer Education Services, Community Based Services (including Adult Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Service, Children Home and Community Based Services, and The Work Appreciation for Youth – WAY – Program), and Residential Services. 716-828-9500
Parents Instructing Challenged Children (PICC LEAH)
A statewide homeschool support organization for families who wish to educate their special needs children at home. PICC LEAH is accessible to any current LEAH member family homeschooling a child with special learning needs in New York. You can join as a full member or for a lesser cost, as a regional member.
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. Behavioral Health and WNY Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Contact: 716-629-3400.
Achieve Program at Villa Maria College
The Achieve Program at Villa Maria College provides specialized services to students with learning differences. At Villa, we look at students’ needs individually, and develop a plan to help ease their transition into college. Through the Achieve Program, students can build their confidence as they develop the skills that are critical for achieving academic and social successes at the collegiate level and beyond.
Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM)
Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) is to facilitate and support the successful adjustment and progression of college students on the autism spectrum in all domains of college life, thereby broadening their vocational opportunities, and enhancing social and community engagement. The AIM program strives to accentuate each student’s abilities within the academic, social, emotional, and independent living domains, while building new skills within the domains where the student may be deficient.
College Autism Spectrum
College Autism Spectrum (CAS) is an independent organization of professionals whose purpose is to assist students with autism spectrum disorders, and their families. They specialize in COLLEGE COUNSELING (helping students find the right college) and WORK/CAREER READINESS (skill building for interviews, jobs and work skills).
College Autism Spectrum (CAS) help students with ASD explore and navigate college options before, during and through the college process. Additionally, they provide campuses and professionals with the tools and training to work effectively with students on the spectrum and to understand the challenges as well as the talents they bring.
College Internship Program (CIP)
The College Internship Program is a comprehensive post-secondary transition program for individuals ages 18-26 with autism, ADHD, and other other learning differences offering comprehensive and specialized services. Students receive individualized supports in the area of social skills, college academics, internship and career development, and life skills.
Spectrum Support Program RIT
The Spectrum Support Program provides innovative supports that positively impact the college experience for RIT students, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders. We are committed to helping students build the connections to RIT that will assist them in achieving academic, social and career success. The program seeks to create a campus culture of acceptance and support through collaboration, consultation, and training.
The Arts Access Pass Program is designed to give eligible members increased opportunities to participate in the arts in their communities. In order to be eligible for the program, you must be currently be on income based Public Assistance (SNAP, Medicaid, TANF) and present an active benefit card when signing up for the Arts Access pass. Registration forms are available at sites throughout Western New York. After you register, a welcome packet will be sent to your home address. The welcome packet will include your Arts Access Pass, more information about the program, and a list of participating organizations that offer Arts Access tickets. The pass is only good for one year. After that year you must register again by filling out a new application. The Arts Access season runs from 9/1-8/31.
Once a month, our special Au-Some Evenings give children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder, their friends and family an opportunity to play and learn together in an understanding and supportive environment. Families will have access to the museum space and play zones, including our café. Featured activities include a music center, therapy dogs, art projects and gross motor activities. Explore & More will also have a social narrative about the new museum and its play zones, quiet kits, as well as calming sensory friendly spaces in the museum.
To register for the next Au-Some Evening, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-655-5131 ext. 3.
Buffalo Sabres Thunder Ice Hockey A coed team for individuals with special needs who have some ice skating experience. Practices are Sundays 9:00 a.m. September - April at North Buffalo Ice Rink, 156 Tacoma Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216. Contact 716-691-4530 or email email@example.com
The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is uniquely located in the only indoor riding facility in the heart of the city of Buffalo, and has been the site of a therapeutic riding program for 30 years. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 5 to 18.
The classes are limited to four students to ensure a safe and fun experience. Each class is designed to achieve special goals that meet the requirements of the group and the individual. Programs are designed and taught by a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). (716) 877-9295
CAUSE-Center for Allied and Unified Sport and Exercise at Daemen College provides opportunities for people ages 5+ to participate in unified sport and recreation alongside college students and students-athletes. Activities vary. During sessions, caregivers may watch their loved one compete, enjoy time to themselves, or access Daemen’s fitness center free of charge. CAUSE sports sessions primarily take place at Daemen's Academic and Wellness Center Gym, 4433 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226. Pre-registration is required. https://daemenwildcats.com/sports/cause/ or call Brooke Densing 716-566-7894 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Danceability offers a full-season program from September – May including weekly 45-minute classes in the afternoons and evenings. Danceability welcomes all ages and abilities from age 3 to senior adults and offers many styles of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, creative movement and more!
EMW's Dream League was formed to give children ages 5-18; or up to age 21 (18 - 21 will need to be approved by the Dream League Coordinator) 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.
Fantastic Friends of WNY is an all volunteer organization that provides recreational activities for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Check out their website and Facebook page to learn more about their Fantastic Events and Learning opportunities. If needed, they have one on one volunteer peers.
Adaptive Program: Adaptive Bowling, Creative Movement Fit & Fun, Holiday FUN Nights, My Special Chef, and Art-abilities - Youth and Adults.
The goal of all of Hamburg Adaptive Recreation programs is to provide the participants with opportunities to
socialize, follow directions, meet new people and have fun and feel comfortable in this
setting. We will strive to provide a safe, nurturing, yet challenging environment to help individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Neurobiological/Behavioral challenges.
Lancaster Youth Bureau, 200 Oxford Ave. Lancaster, NY 14086 Contact: Tammy,
email: email@example.com or Karen Schanne, 716-683-4444, or Lynne, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Provides an opportunity for individuals with mental and/or physical challenges to play baseball. Serves individuals of any age who cannot be accommodated by established baseball leagues due to the special needs of their disabilities. Also provides opportunities for able-bodied people to learn about and interact with disabled individuals by acting as buddies to the players.
A dance and movement program for children, adolescents and adults with special needs serving WNY. Located at 954 Union Rd., Suite 1, West Seneca, NY. 716-656-1321
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).
SABAH athletes engage in physical education and therapeutic recreation to achieve their full potentials. SABAH programs enable our athletes to improve skills for independent living and foster a healthy lifestyle. Special Needs Recreational Fitness Programs include Adaptive Ice Hockey, Evening and Weekend Ice Skating, Fit and Fun for Adults with Disabilities and Summer Skates.
Flix Stadium 10 sensory friendly family film series slated to run the first Saturday of every month at 10am. The films will be presented with the theatre lights on and the sound lowered. Dipson Theatres, Inc. acknowledges the needs of social engagement and environmental factors affecting people on the autism spectrum, and hope that this family film series will create an entertainment venue for families to enjoy new releases in a presentation that will suit unique and special needs.
Your child may be interested in a sport or activity, but a challenging behavior stands in the way. Maybe you would like to take them to the mall, a restaurant, playground, or museum, but just need a little extra help. The Summit Center’s STAR Recreation program will give you the skills you need to support your child in community activities. The program provides up to ten sessions of 1:1 training/support (up to two hours per session) helping children with disabilities and their families become more engaged in their community.
A Sweet Start Preschool located in Clarence, NY is a fully inclusive program. We recognize that every child possesses unique abilities and skills. Our classes love exploring and engaging in fine-motor, gross-motor, sensory, literacy, and math games, especially because they get to play with their friends at the same time! Contact Molly at 716-320-5848.
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.
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.
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.
Summer Recreational Resources
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.
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 email@example.com.
Cradle Beach also offers weekend respite in the spring and fall season. Must be enrolled into the NYS Home & Community Based Waiver System and have a documented developmental disability.
Dunkirk Camp and Conference Center “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. Please call Jennifer Vacanti with any questions 716-681-4210.
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.
Each summer, through the generous support of our local sponsors, The Aurora Theatre offers Western New Yorkers a FREE film series for families. Every Wednesday at 11 am throughout the summer, The Aurora Theatre shows popular and classic films perfect for some family fun.
Holiday Recreational Resources
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.
Some tips for helping kids on the Autism Spectrum with Halloween.
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 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.
The Summit Center Community Connections
The Community Connections Program provides children and adolescents with 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/caregivers. Children participate in multiple small group-based social skills training sessions, followed by age-appropriate recreational, academic and job activities designed to practice those skills learned in the social skills training session. 716-629-3400
The Summit Center Summer Treatment Program
The Summer Treatment Program (STP) is our premier program for children and adolescents with ADHD. STP provides a unique camp-like experience giving children the opportunity to spend the day playing sports and engaging in recreational and social cooperative activities with children their age. They will also participate in daily social skills training, arts and crafts, and spend 1.5 hours per day in a classroom setting working on behaviors to promote academic success. 716-629-3400
UB Hearing and Speech Clinic - Six age groups
Call 716-829-5575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Autism Speaks Autism Apps
Autism Apps listed and can be filtered by: categories, platforms, ages and supporting research.
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.
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.
Autism Up! provides support and education to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families/caregivers, and professional service providers by offering information, resources, programs, classes, workshops and conferences. in the Greater Rochester, NY and surrounding areas. 585-248-9011
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. They have five Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders located in Buffalo, Rochester, Binghamton, NYU, and Old Westbury.
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.
Parent Network of Western NY
A community resource for families/caregivers of individuals with special needs and for professionals who work with these families. Parent Network’s goal is to empower families/caregivers to successfully advocate for children/adults with special needs and to see that they receive proper care and education by offering seminars, workshops, conferences, information and referral services, and resources. 716-332-4170
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.