1025 Commons Way

Rochester, NY 14623

Our President & CEO
Our President, CEO & Board Chairperson, Ms. Lawana Jones, CAS, CAT

As the mother of an autistic daughter, Jones soon found that the Rochester community severely lacked the support services and programs her daughter and other ASD children needed to make the transition from high school to the adult community. In an effort to assist ASD children, offer support to families and advocate on their behalf, Jones created the council.

Ms. Jones has been Certified as an Autism Specialist and Autism Trainer by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)

2017 Starbridge Founders Award

Starbridge annually offers a series of Community Awards that honor individuals and organizations creating positive change in the lives of people with disabilities. The Founders Award honors a parent or family member of a person who has a disability who exemplifies our founders’ commitment through their efforts to improve the quality of life for people who have disabilities. This year, Starbridge recognizes Lawana Jones.

LJ Picture Headshot.

2016 World Autism Festival

Lawana Jones, representing the United States, receives the 2016 Autism Community Leadership Recognition Award at the 7th Annual International World Autism Awards in Vancouver, BC




2015 Athena Award Finalist

The Women’s Council of the Rochester Business Alliance chose our Executive Director, Lawana Jones, as one of their finalists for the 2015 Awards for the work that she has done for the Rochester ASD community over the years.


TASH Conference - Washington, D.C.

Lawana Jones was a Featured Speaker at the Dec, 2014 TASH Conference in Washington, D.C.

lawana presenting at TASH conference