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Golisano Autism Center (GAC) Family Navigator
The GAC Family Navigator provides:
The Family Navigator will help you to provide the best possible outcomes for your child.
Complete an online intake form HERE (one time only) in order for us to better assist you. This will help the Family Navigator have appropriate material and information at hand, and be prepared to speak with you. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to schedule an appointment with a Family Navigator within two business days.
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.
8AM – 5PM, Monday through Friday for any reason. To leave a message after hours, email: HelpLine@GolisanoAutismCenter.org
Trained professionals who can help callers find the best source of services, provide directions, appropriate referrals and/or support, as needed, in real time.
The HelpLine offers a broad range of autism related information and support.
The Center is open to visitors from the public weekdays from 8 AM - 4:30 PM. The Center is open evenings and weekends for registered participants of on-site provider programs, or by appointment with a Family Navigator.
All visitors must sign in and out of the Center.
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.
Al Sigl, AutismUp and CP Rochester founded the Golisano Autism Center with the mission to provide comprehensive and coordinated autism services, ensure ease of access for families and individuals living with autism, and improve outcomes across all ages and abilities.
The new Center is named for philanthropist, and Paychex and Golisano Foundation Chairman, Tom Golisano, who announced a matching challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build the Center in 2017. The first major gift toward the challenge came from the Golisano Foundation in the amount of $500,000. The campaign to build the Golisano Autism Center totals $9 million.
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Leave your own legacy, or honor a loved one, on an engraved brick at our main entrance with a donation of $100 or more.Download the brick form If you previously purchased a brick during the first phase of the campaign, we will be in touch to verify your engraving message and with details about the private unveiling that will be scheduled when the entire project is complete late summer 2021
Please make payable to Golisano Autism Center, Inc.
Golisano Autism Center
Putting the Pieces Together Campaign
Attention: Beth Ciardi
50 Science Parkway
Rochester, NY 14620
Following two years of planning and construction, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on September 12, 2019 to officially open the Golisano Autism Center. The event featured remarks from Tom Golisano, the Founding Partners, and Ann Costello of the Golisano Foundation, and were followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tours.
Construction is underway on the Golisano Autism Center! We’re so excited that our vision is one step closer to reality! The Center will ensure that every individual with autism in our community, and their family, will have an accessible, comprehensive array of autism services available for their lifespan. Our heartfelt thanks to Tom Golisano, Ann Costello, and the Golisano Foundation Board of Trustees for believing in our vision to support the enhancement and expansion of autism services in our community.
Located at the Al Sigl campus, the two-story building is designed to provide an array of autism and pediatric mental health services under one roof.
The center is funded from a $5 million gift from businessman-philanthropist Tom Golisano and a $5 million investment from the University of Rochester.
The 72,000-square-foot project will bring the two centers to a single campus. The founders include the Al Sigl Community of Agencies, Autism Up, and CP Rochester.
Board Members of the Founding Agencies which are Putting the Pieces Together to create the new Golisano Autism Center (Al Sigl Community of Agencies, Autism Up and CP Rochester) gathered for an update on the progress of this comprehensive center which will transform the lives of thousands of children and young adults and their families who live with Autism.
Thank you to B. Thomas Golisano and the Trustees of Golisano Foundation for the stunning lead gifts they have provided and to Ann Costello for highlighting these extraordinary efforts.
The dream of providing comprehensive, coordinated services for children with autism and their families will be a reality one day soon.