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Transforming the delivery of autism services in the region by providing a comprehensive, enriched and innovative model that co-locates and coordinates resources offered by multiple providers who are experts in ASD knowledge, and in their specific services areas.
*Specific to Monroe County, NY

Autism HelpLine

A collaborative community initiative sponsored by the Golisano Autism Center 1 (866) AUTISM 4

What is it?

Help for people with autism, their families, caregivers, and anyone who has questions about autism. This is a local information and referral service, for callers in the Greater Rochester and surrounding areas.

When to call?

6 AM - midnight, seven days a week, 365 days a year for any reason. To leave a message after hours, email:

What to expect?

Trained professionals who can help callers find the best source of services, provide directions, appropriate referrals and/or support, as needed, in real time.

Where can I learn more?

The HelpLine offers a broad range of autism related information and support.

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Thank you

The new Center will be named for philanthropist, and Paychex and Golisano Foundation Chairman, Tom Golisano, who announced that he is making a matching challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build the Center. The first major gift toward the challenge comes from the Golisano Foundation in the amount of $500,000, making the total commitment-to-date $3 million.

portrait-golisano“I am pleased to provide a challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build this unique collaborative center, which will bring together a wide array of coordinated services and expertise under one roof. The Center will represent a significant improvement in how people with autism and their families can get the services they need over the course of their lifetimes. I hope that my gift will inspire others to join me and contribute in a meaningful way to this important endeavor.” - Tom Golisano


The Golisano Autism Center will provide a continuum of services that span a lifetime and offer a full array of coordinated program options for infants, toddlers, youth, teens and adults including: behavioral and primary care supports; respite; community habilitation; social, recreational and therapeutic services; and a housing and employment liaison. Lead partners Al Sigl, AutismUp and CP Rochester will coordinate the addition of other affiliate autism service agencies to be housed at the center.




The Golisano Autism Center is at 50 Science Parkway, Rochester, NY 14620. It includes shared program spaces, a multi sensory learning gymnasium, classrooms, therapy rooms and more. The total cost of construction for the 30,500 square foot building is $9 million.

In The News

June 28, 2019 - Collaboration fueled creation of Golisano Autism Center Students with autism help prepare for the Golisano Autism Center grand opening Aug 16, 2019 - VIDEO: Golisano Autism Center prepares for grand opening Aug 16, 2019 - Excitement builds as work continues on Golisano Autism Center 12/18/2018 - Mayor Lovely A. Warren congratulated the many job creators in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region for earning a “Top Performer” status in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s annual Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. 11/14/2018 - Help for families with autism. April 2018 - New Golisano Autism Center to Open in 2019 Media Release: Mar 1, 2018 10/22/2018 - Autism center to help city families find support services Press Release: May 16, 2017 Golisano Autism Center to be built on South Avenue Golisano Autism Center to be built in Rochester Golisano Autism Center Rochester planned to open in 2018 Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, D-Irondequoit, and Assemblyman Harry Bronson, D-Rochester, announced today the securing of $500,000 in state funding toward the construction of the Golisano Autism Center in Rochester. April 30 – Democrat & Chronicle – Rochester families living with autism will have access to better support services by July 1 May 9 – WXXI – GAC Crisis hotline - A 24-hour helpline for Rochester-area families with children on the autism spectrum will be place by July 1 May 27 – Democrat & Chronicle – Autism Services in Rochester May 24 – Democrat & Chronicle – Understanding Autism - What is autism, and other ASD questions answered May 30 – Democrat & Chronicle -- There's help for families struggling to navigate autism system May 31 – Daily MessengerThe new Golisano Autism Center breaking ground this fall launches 24-hour help line and other services this summer July 3 – WXXI Connections – Disparities in autism diagnosis and treatment

Lead Partners

AlSigl Center
CP Rochester

Lead Gifts

Golisano Foundation

Education Partner

Mary Cariola


Lead Partners Contact Information

Al Sigl Community of Agencies

1000 Elmwood Ave., Suite 300
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 442-4100

Press Contact: Debra Salmon

(585) 442-4102
ext. 2718
Email Debra


855 Publishers Parkway
Webster, NY 14580
(585) 248-9011

Press Contact: Lisa Ponticello

(585) 248-9011
ext. 108
Email Lisa

CP Rochester

3399 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 334-6000

Press Contact: Cheryl Coppola

(585) 412-9040
ext. 1325
Email Cheryl

Why Give?

Autism Stats

  • The CDC estimates that 1 in 59 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
  • ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
  • It is estimated that 10,000 individuals live with an autism diagnosis in Monroe County
    • 165 children ages 2 - 5
    • 1,500 school-aged students; approximately 500 of these students preparing for transition to adulthood
    • 8,485 adults with autism
  • About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.