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Autism Sensory Calming Kit™

Available Exclusively through The Autism Council!

Kits include items such as Noise Cancelling Headphones, Fidget Toys, Sensory Brush, Calming Tip Sheet and more.

Order Yours Today $29.99 (plus tax, shipping & handling)

Email info@theautismcouncil.org for ordering details.

Autism-Friendly® Designations

See how your community or business can be designated as Autism-Friendly® and what that means.

Building Homes for Autism

ACR & Habitat for Humanity are partnering to aid in the special housing needs for families living with Autism.

Trevyan Rowe
Autism Family Information
& Referral Center

Open Tuesday - Thursday 9AM - 12PM

2118 Chili Ave, Westgate Plaza

Rochester, NY 14624

Autism Certification Classes

We are working directly with our partner, IBCCES, to provide class credits which will qualify you to become a:

Autism Certificate (AC) or Certified Autism Specialist (CAS)!

IBCCES offers certification programs to educators and licensed professionals who work with individuals with special needs.

(on-site training also available)

Many Voices, Many Visions

Norma Holland discusses the partnership between the Autism Council and Local Law Enforcement

Transforming Lives One Unique Individual at a Time.

We're helping families put the pieces together to create a future of possibilities.

The Autism Council of Rochester, Inc

About Us

We are a Volunteer Human Service agency of professionals...

The Autism Council of Rochester, Inc

Our Mission

Our mission is to be a global leader in providing high quality...

The Autism Council of Rochester, Inc

Our Vision

The vision of The Autism Council of Rochester is to create a...

The Autism Council of Rochester, Inc

Who We Serve

We serve all individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as those...

The Autism Council of Rochester, Inc

Our History

Established in 2005 as a labor of love, The Autism Council of Rochester was founded by its volunteer executive director, Lawana Jones. 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. The Autism Council of Rochester ultimately seeks to bridge the gap between the end of special education programs and the entrance into society for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Lawana Jones
Kesha Washington
Juanita Jones
Mary Jones
Robin Spindler

Honorary Board Members

Miriam Moore
Torri Cowans
William May

Ms. Lawana Jones, President & CEO, 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).

What We Do

Autism Friendly Designations

The Autism-Friendly Community designation provided by The Autism Council, provides FREE training and support to Municipalities, Town Employees, Officials, Recreation Departments, Volunteers, First Responders including Law Enforcement, Schools, Day Care Centers, and Businesses to help the public understand and support individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families.

In addition, local businesses are provided an opportunity to gain the "Autism-Friendly® Business" designation, and are provided with a window decal that can be displayed to show the company has provided autism awareness to a predetermined number of their employees.  The business is also added to The Autism-Friendly App for Android or Apple phones.  The App is provided to families in the local area searching for any Autism-Friendly Businesses.

For More Information call 585-413-1681, or email info@theautismcouncil.org

ACR & Flower City Habitat Housing Initiative

There is a New Partnership between The Autism Council & Flower City Habitat for Humanity to build homes for under-served individuals and families living with Autism.  June 2019 will be the Groundbreaking for our first eligible family.

For further information regarding eligibility, volunteering or donating to this very important work, please email housing@theautismcouncil.org.

Information & Referral

NOW OPEN

The Trevyan Rowe Autism Family Information and Referral Service Drop In Center:
2118 Chili Avenue, Westgate Plaza Rochester, New York 14624

The Service Center is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9AM to Noon. We provide information on services and supports in our community for children, young adults and families living daily with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Be connected to services that your family member with Autism may need.

For Information call 585-413-1681, or email info@theautismcouncil.org

Community Programs

The Autism Council of Rochester, Inc

WE STRIVE TO CREATE COMMUNITY AWARENESS

Through our community awareness and educational programs, we strive to reach those that may not understand autism. By providing training , we ensure participants are prepared to address the needs of an individual with ASD.

Specialized techniques are used in each of our workshops, equipping individuals with the skills to provide care for a special needs child.

Children and Young Adults with ASD should have the same opportunities in life as others.

  • Mobile Health Services
  • Mobile DMV Services
  • School District Educators, Administrators, and New Teacher Training
  • ACR Speaker Series
  • Community Outreach
  • Autism Law Enforcement & First Responder Training
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • School Transportation Training
  • Autism Awareness Workshops

Transition To Work

Our Transition To Work program is a set of events that helps prepare young adults for their transition into the working world.

Participants learn how to:

  • Create a Resume/CV
  • Apply for Jobs
  • Prepare for a Job Interview

Through collaborative relationships with local businesses, we work to place ASD youth in jobs that help to provide a smooth transition into the workforce.

Those who are not ready for job placement are placed in volunteer positions where they can develop the additional skills and experience necessary to be successful.

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