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ASWNY Support Meetings
Meeting Time:
Northtown meetings are held at Sweet Charlottes, 10255 Main Street, Suite 9, (Corner of Shisler and Main), Clarence, NY.
Southtown meetings are held at 204 Treehaven, East Aurora, NY.

Parent Support Coffees are held about once per month, one in the Southtowns, one in the Northtowns. The parent Support Coffees are designed so that parents can talk to other parents in a comfortable environment.
Contact Info:
For more information call the office at 716-633-2275 or email info@autismwny.org.



Autism Society of WNY Support Meetings
Meeting Time:
Meetings are are held about once time per month from 10 am - Noon. See events page or watch for emails for specific dates. The Southtown meetings are held at 204 Treehaven, East Aurora, NY and the Northtown Meetings are held in Williamsville/Amherst/Clarence area. The Southtowns Coffees are typically held on the third Thursday of the month, there are sometimes we need to adjust the date due to School Vacations or Holidays.

Parent Support Coffees are held about once per month, one in the Southtowns, one in the Northtowns. The parent Support Coffees are designed so that parents can talk to other parents in a comfortable environment.
Contact Info:
For more information or to RSVP call Karen or Kathy at the office at 716-633-2275 or email info@autismwny.org.



Buffalo NY Areaback to top
Grand Island Austism Support Group
Meeting Time:
First Tuesday of the month, September - June.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location:
Realty USA, 2139 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island, NY 14072

Peer-Run support group. Come and meet other families that are affected by Autism. We want to share ideas and experiences, vent about the brick walls we've hit, and most importantly realize that we are a growing community and that we are not alone.
Contact Info:
Contact Vienna at 716-430-5118 for more information and to RSVP to attend.



Children's Guild Parent Support Group
Meeting Time:
Meets Monthly from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Remaining Dates for 2014: Nov. 12th and Dec. 10th
Location:
EPIC/Parent Network of WNY, 1000 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14202 Free Parking behind the building

To provide a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support. Moderated by Kathy Ralabate Doody, PhD, a parent of a child with autism, Instructor, Exceptional Education at Buffalo State; and Jana Mertz, MBA, Program Coordinator, The Children's Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Brought to you by: The Children's Guild Foundation, Autism Spectrum Disorder Center, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and CASE: Center for Autism Support and Education.
Contact Info:
For more information about the support group or to RSVP to the meetings, please call (716) 878-7600 or e-mail jmertz@kaleidahealth.org.
Space is limited so reservations are greatly appreciated. Call 716-878-7600



Iroquois Parent Support Group
Meeting Time:
Daytime during the school year.

Location:
Fellowship Wesleyan Church in Room 1, 1645 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, NY 14224

Open to all parents of special needs children, not just the Iroquois School District.

Contact Info:
Contact: Tammy Olejinczak for dates and times at 652-0277 or creative14215@yahoo.com



Connections Program Parent Support Group
Meeting Time:
Meets the first Monday of each month.
(No meetings January, July, August, and September.)
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location:
Summit Educational Resources, 150 Stahl Rd., Getzville, NY 14068

Offers Information on Asperger’s Disorder and High Functioning ASD, Treatment Options, Educational Recommendations, Advocacy Strategies. Facilitated by Dr. David Meichenbaum.
Contact Info:
Contact: Jessica Andrews at 716-629-3445 or jandrews@summited.org.



Sensory Parent Support Group at Make Sense Store
Meeting Time:
Meets 1st Tuesday of Every Other Month 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location:
Makes Sense Store, 13295 Broadway Alden, New York 14004

Meet other parents/caregivers whom are experiencing similar issues as yourself, learn about techniques for everyday activities, and form a life-long bond with others.


Contact Info:
For more information call (716) 902-5025; www.makessenseproducts.com.



20 Something Group
Meeting Time:
Meets the 3rd Friday of each month from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Remaining Dates for 2014: Nov. 21st and Dec. 19th

A social support group for young adults 18 years of age and up. Parent group meets at the same time in a separate room. A peer run program within the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Erie County, Inc. focuses on issues affecting families who have a family member that has an emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenge.

Life Transitions Center
1140 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact Info:
Childcare is available. Must RSVP at (716)886-1242 ext. 313 or by email at jwoodworth@eriemha.org. Indicate number of children requiring childcare.



Niagara County - Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Meeting Time:
Meets on the 1st Monday of each month exlcuding July and August.
Remaining dates for 2014: Nov. 3, and Dec. 1. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.

Wheatfield Community Center
2790 Church Road
North Tonawanda, NY 14120 (Right off Niagara Falls Blvd.)

Our purpose is to provide a welcoming environment for parents and other caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support. Moderated by Stacie Ricioppo Special Needs Educator and Parent, Early Childhood Direction Center and Lauren Savino, MSEd Special Needs Outreach Liaison and Parent, Early Childhood Direction Center.
Contact Info:
All are welcome but reservations are appreciated. Please call Early Childhood Direction Center at (716) 880-3875 or email ecdc@kaleidahealth.org. If you are interested in attending but have transportation or other barriers that would limit your participation, please let us know.



Transition -Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Meeting Time:
Meets on 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (excluding June and July)
Remaining dates for 2014: Oct. 28 and Nov. 25
Light refreshments will be served.

Parent Network of Western New York/EPIC,
1000 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Free parking behind the buiding and at Salvation Army next door.

Provides a welcoming environment for parents and other cargivers of children with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share expreiences, ask questions and receive support. All are welcome to attend but group is geared towards parents of children who are tweens and transitioning - 12 years old and up. Moderated by Tonia Weichmann, Transition Coordinator, Parent Network of WNY and Jana Mertz, MBA Program Coordinator The Childeren's Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
Contact Info:
All are welcome but reservations are appreciated. Please call (716) 878-7600 or email jmertz@kaleidahealth.org. If you are interested in attending but have transportation or other barriers that would limit your participation, please let us know.



Families Child Advocacy Network Discussion Group (Buffalo)
Meeting Time:
Meets the 2nd Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Remaining Dates for 2014: October 13th, November 10th, December 8th.

The Families Child Advocacy Network would like to extend an open invitation to parents, caregivers, foster, parents, grandparents and other family members raising children with special social, emotional, or behavioral needs to join us at our monthly roundtable discussions. Share your experiences to help create a better system for children and families. Learn what resources are available to get the help you need.

Families CAN/Compeer Office
135 Delaware Avenue, Suite 210 (Corner of W. Mohawk)
Buffalo, NY 14202

Park for free on Delaware Avenue or West Mohawk.

Contact Info:
For more information about the support group or to RSVP to the meetings, please call (716) 884-2599

Respite care is available with 1-week notice prior to Roundtable meeting. If you will be bringing children, you must call Debbie at 884-2599, with the number and ages of the children, that will be attending.



DDAWNY Family Committee
Meeting Time:
Need to call (716) 877-7077

DDAWNY Family Committee Focus: Advocacy and living options for individuals with DD. A support group to inform family members about the rights, protections, services and options available for their loved one with developmental disabilities(DD). Their purpose is to provide individuals with DD a range of choices for their living opportunities and to help family members become effective advocates.


Contact Info:
Contact: (716) 877-7007; www.ddawny.org; Facebook: DDAWNYFamily Committee Focus: Advocacy and living options for individuals with DD



Southtowns Family Support Group (Hamburg)
Meeting Time:
Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Remaining dates for 2014: Nov. 4th; Dec. 2nd.

In cooperation with The Families Child Advocacy Network would like to extend an open invitation to parents, caregivers, foster, parents, grandparents and other family members raising children with special social, emotional, or behavioral needs to join us at our monthly roundtable discussions. Share your experiences to help create a better system for children and families. Learn what resources are available to get the help you need.

Wesleyan Church of Hamburg
4999 McKinley Parkway
Hamburg, NY 14075

(Door 5, Lower Level Room 11)

Contact Info:
For more information about the support group or to RSVP to the meetings, please call (716) 886-1242 ext. 313
Child care is available, but you must RSVP at the above number ahead of time.



Family Support Group (Buffalo)
Meeting Time:
Meets 1st Friday of each month 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Remaining Dates: Nov. 7th and Dec. 5th

This is an open invitation to parents, caregivers, foster, grandparents and other family members raising children with special social, emotional, or behavioral needs to join us at our monthly family support group. There is a bilingual facilitator for those who speak Spanish. Share your experiences to help create a better system for children and families. Learn what resources are available to get the help you need.

Life Transition Center
1140 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

Contact Info:
Contact: 886-1242 Ext. 313



Sibling Groupsback to top
WNY Sibshop at Canisius College
Meeting Time:
Meets the third Saturday during the scheduled months during the school year.
Location:
Delevan Community Center Building A

Sibshop is designed to meet the needs of the brothers and sisters of children diagnosed with a serious developmental disorder. Sibshop meets once a month during the school year and provides support and guidance to siblings of children with developmental needs. It is more like a club than a class. Sibshops are lively, action packed 3 hour workshops that celebrate the many contributions made by brother and sisters of kids with special needs. For ages 6 - 12
Contact Info:
Pre- Registration is required. For registration form and more information check goto www.canisius.edu/sibshop or call 716-888-2895.



Individuals with ASDback to top
Asperger's/HF Autism Support Group
Meeting Time:
Meets the first Thursday of every month in the evening.
Meeting location varies. Contact Veronica for details about time and location.

A support group for adults with High Functioning Autism or Asperger's Syndrome.
Contact Info:
For more information including time and location, contact Veronica Federiconi at 716-631-5777 ext 318 or vfedericoni@autism-services-inc.org.



Rochester Areaback to top
AutismUp (formerly know as UNYFEAT) - Rochester
Meeting Time:
See website for events and programs.

AutismUp formerly known as UNYFEAT is a Rochester based group that provides parent support and information. They have a variety of programs including social skills programs for children and conferences.
Contact Info:
Phone: (585)248-9011 Website: http://autismup.org



Dunkirk/Jamestown Areaback to top
Jamestown Parents-for-Parents Support Group
Meeting Time:
Contact for dates and times.
Location:
The Resource Center Administration Building
200 Dunham Ave. (Old Celoron-School Building)
Jamestown, NY 14701

The Resource Center (TRC) and Chautauqua Opportunities Incorporated (COI) collaboratively offers a monthly parent/caregiver support group connecting and supporting families of individuals with special needs. We offer support, information, speakers, and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. This is an opportunity for parents/caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues, and concerns. Light refreshments will be served and the parent support group will follow after the presentation.
Contact Info:
For more information contact: Tess Kerzner, LMSW LMHC, Children’s Services Coordinator at The Resource Center at 716-661-1057 or by email at tess.kerzner@resourcecenter.org.
If you need child/respite care or transportation, call us to make arrangements. You must RSVP if you plan to bring your child(ren) in order for us to have enough materials and workers to care for your children.
For more information and events sponsored by The Resource Center, check out our website www.resourcecenter.org .



Dunkirk Parents-for-Parents Support Group
Meeting Time:
Contact for date and time.
Location:
Chautauqua Opportunities
Connections North Building
10825 Bennett Road
Dunkirk, NY 14048

The Resource Center (TRC) and Chautauqua Opportunities Incorporated (COI) collaboratively offers a monthly parent/caregiver support group connecting and supporting families of individual with special needs. We offer support, information, speakers, and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. This is an opportunity for parents/caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues, and concerns. Light refreshments will be served and the parent support group will follow after the presentation.
Contact Info:
For more information contact: Amber Burkholder telephone number: 716- 366-8176 ext. 268.
If you need child/respite care or transportation, call us to make arrangements! You must RSVP if you plan to bring your child(ren) in order for us to have enough materials and workers to care for your children.
Check out website www.chautauquaopportunities.com for more information and events sponsored by Chautauqua Opportunities.



Special Education Groupsback to top
Starpoint Special Education Group
Meeting Time:
Meets second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
No meetings in July, August, and September.
Location:
Starpoint Middle School
Special Programs Conference Room
4363 Mapleton Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094

Special Education Group for Parents of Children in Special Education. This is not at SEPTSA and is open to all disabilities.
Contact Info:
Sara Siracuse 716-625-8922



Ken-Ton SEPTSA
Meeting Time:
They meet the second Thursday of the month.
Location:
Hoover Middle School Faculty Cafeteria
249 Thorncliff Road
Buffalo, NY 14223

Ken-Ton SEPTSA is a PTA unit in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda school district that strives to bring people together so that all children with special needs have an equal opportunity to develop to their full potential. We provide a system for uniting persons involved with children of any age throughout the entire district and around Western New York in cooperation with individual school PTA units. Ken-Ton SEPTSA is a unit in good standing with New York State PTA, National PTA and Ken-Ton PTSA Council. This is our 21st year.
Contact Info:
Ken-Ton Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association's (SEPTSA) website: http://www.kentonseptsa.com.



Local SEPTSA
Meeting Time:
N/A

SEPTSA (Special Education Parent, Teacher, Student Association) and
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) Groups
While not specifically for autism, they are another source of support and a great way to network with other parents in your school district. Call your school district for contact info. or check out our web site under support groups.

Contact Info:

Clarence SEPTSA: Karen Conway 716-741-3691 or Louann Nowicki 716-741-7065 www.clarenceschools.org
Frontier SEPTSA: Barb Omerhodzic 716-826-1976 OR Sharon Fortuna 716-627-1194 www.frontier.wnyric.org
Kenton SEPTSA: Janet Vaughan 716-310-4580 www.kentonseptsa.com
Williamsville SEPTSA: Dave Whalen 716-565-9338 or Judy Kemp 716-912-9104 www.williamsvilleseptsa.org
Hamburg Special Ed Committee of PTA: Chris Hoff 716-648-7356 hoffhofft15@aol.com
Buffalo Public Schools SEPAC: Rosemary Arnone 716-816-4747 Rarnone@buffaloschools.org.



Olean Areaback to top
Olean - Group for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Meeting Time:
Meets on the 2nd Monday of each month excluding July and August. Remaining Dates for 2014: October 13 and November 10. Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 131 N 9th Street, Olean.

Provides a welcoming environment for parents and other caregives of children with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions and receive support. Moderated by Christie Chesebro, MSEd, Autism Service Coordinator and Parent, The Guidance Center in Bradford, PA and Karen O'Dell, MSEd, BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst Autism Services Specialist and Parent, Olean City School District.
Contact Info:
All are welcome but reservations are appreciateed. Please call Peg: Toll free at 1-866-277-4762 or email cjc.1967@yahoo.com. If you are interested in attending but have transportation or other barriers that would limit your participation, please let us know.