Discovering each child's lifelong potential

Parent Support & Resources

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
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 CountyThe Arc of Monroe County
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 SpeaksAutism Speaks
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.

URMCUniversity of Rochester Institute for Innovative Transition
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.


Our Programs

Teacher and StudentAt Mary Cariola, our Day Program is the largest service we offer. Our staff—teachers, aides and clinicians—support more than 400 children and young adults annually who range in age from three to 21 years old. More about our programs

What MCCC Parents Are Saying

“I was unprepared for the unbounded faith I found the staff to have in the ability of my child and other children. I was moved by the love that motivates this agency.”
Wade Norwood, parent of a former student