The Autism Council of Rochester is proud and excited to announce the formation of a Monroe Countywide Autism Task Force. This team of agencies, parents and self-advocates will collaborate to formulate recommendations to Monroe County in support of individuals of all ages living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The areas of focus include:
- Health & Human Services
- Access & provision of services, including diagnostic assessment
- Physical and Mental Health Services for both individuals and caregivers/parents
- Addressing the general needs that accompany the disorder.
- Safety In The Community
Additionally there is a plan to create an Autism Countywide Resource Guide, intended to bring awareness of the services available Countywide to families that are new to Rochester and also to those who live here in the City but may not be aware of all that is available to them.
To learn more about this group, please feel free to reach out to the Autism Council of Rochester at firstname.lastname@example.org
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