Your child has been diagnosed and referred to Mary Cariola Children’s Center. You’re not alone. Here are some helpful resources to educate you and help you cope. New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities www.opwdd.ny.gov
The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) provides high-quality services, support and advocacy to approximately 120,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. OPWDD works with a network of nearly 800 not-for-profit providers to help people with developmental disabilities lead richer lives. The Arc of Monroe County www.arcmonroe.org
For 50+ years, The Arc of Monroe County has been working with and for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc offers a variety of services and opportunities designed to increase independence and self-sufficiency and enhance the self-esteem and quality of life of program participants. Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org
Autism Speaks is the world's largest autism advocacy organization, dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, funding research into the causes, prevention and treatments for autism, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Disability Scoop www.disabilityscoop.com
Disability Scoop is a leading source for developmental disability news. The site includes articles from across the Web and original content on education, health, law, life and money issues affecting those with developmental disabilities and their caretakers. Disabilities covered include autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mental retardation and fragile X syndrome. University of Rochester Institute for Innovative Transition www.urmc.rochester.edu
The Institute provides support to Monroe County community members to effectively address transition issues for individuals ages 14–25 with developmental disabilities. Community members include young adults with developmental disabilities, family members, local education institutions and agencies who provide service to individuals with developmental disabilities.