Advocacy and Support Groups

Starbridge -
Partners for Opportunity

The Advocacy Center and LDA Life and Learning Services were founded by people who wanted better opportunities for their loved ones with disabilities. Now together as Starbridge, we partner with people with disabilities, their families, and others who support them, to realize fulfilling possibilities in education, employment, health, and community living. Together we work to transform communities to include everyone. See all the ways we can help.

 "Together Including Every Student (TIES) promotes the participation of students with developmental disabilities in extracurricular and community activities by creating effective, natural support provided by trained student volunteers."


Managing Autism Together Today (MATT) offers practical guidance from families and professionals who are on the journey with you.  They have two wonderful resource pages as well!  Community Resources (1) and Community Resources (2)

  Empire Justice Center's mission statement reads:  "To protect and strengthen the legal rights of people in New York State who are poor, disabled or disenfranchised through: systems change advocacy, training and support to other advocates and organizations, and high quality direct civil legal representation."  Please refer to their page on Special Education law:

 Monroe BOCES #1 - Diagnostic and Prescriptive Unit - This unit "provides RTI support for teachers and schools focusing on research based tier 2 and tier 3 intervention strategies K-12. Consultation, evaluation, progress monitoring, data analysis, and staff development are available to help students progress towards common core curriculum standards."
"Parent to Parent of NYS, which began in 1994, is a statewide not for profit organization established to support and connect families of individuals with special needs. The 13 offices, located throughout NYS, are staffed by Regional Coordinators, who are parents or close relatives of individuals with special needs.  Parent to Parent of NYS is where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information.  We've walked the walk and are here to help other families."

Autism Up - Formerly known as UNYFEAT - Upstate New York Families for Effective Autism Treatment - Mission is "to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve quality of life."