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Old 07-31-2015, 10:31 AM
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We are in the process of moving to Rochester from Atlanta and a school district with good speech therapy and ABA services is our top priority for our 4 year old son with autism. His Autism is mild so hopefully he wont need these services for long and can eventually join regular classes by grade 1. We are looking at Pittsford, Webster, Victor and Brighton school districts. We are looking at both public and private schools, but prefer public schools with good access to these services. We are planning on renting initially but will be in the market for a house in a few months. My husband will be working mostly from home or travelling so commuting distance is not very important. Any recommendations for schools and nearby apartments, especially from parents with Autistic kids, are greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:58 PM
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I was going to make a similar post tonight & then saw yours. I am in a similar situation and have been researching for a while-currently in Syracuse & looking to move. We have 2 highly functioning kids newly diagnosed, but they both received services through the public schools-OT, PT, and speech. Everything is still pretty new, so just learning myself, but it seems like most the (public) schools here in NY lean towards inclusive classes with kids being pulled out only for therapy times. We are considering Fairport, Penfield, Webster, and poss. Perinton. We plan on visiting and calling their spec ed depts., but haven't as of yet (waiting until it is closer to schools starting). All have promising programs such as SEPTA (sp. ed pta) and TIES, but I have found that you really need to talk to the people in schools to get a true feel. I like that Webster has had programs in place longer and appears to have smaller class sizes. There is an amazing amount of accessible help in services in Rochester and is the reason we are looking at moving. Wish I could help more, but here are a few sites that might-
Not certain if this is nationwide, but all services seem to start at OPWDD
Services & Supports | OPWDD
An article of note from the local paper-
Watchdog report: Special education comes home
Also if interested I have been "collecting" a list of different facilities and organizations in the area and do travel there once a month, but would love to hear locals input also!
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Old 08-08-2015, 12:14 PM
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Thank you strawberrymom2 for the links. I would love to see your list of the different organizationS. All my research has been on line and when it gets closer to the move, I was planning on calling the school boards directly. He has an IEP in place for inclusion class for this year. We are strongly considering Webster as my husband wants to live closer to the lake and the property taxes seem to be lower.
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Old 08-08-2015, 01:57 PM
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Just an FYI... The closer you are to the lake, the colder it is and the snowier it is. They usually get significantly more snow up there than we got in the SE suburb of Perinton.
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:01 PM
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You may also want to consider East Irondequoit. They are very experienced in working with children with mild autism. My fiance teaches inclusion classes in the elementary school and is very equipped for these types of students as an example. The town is very diverse with all socio-economics and demographics present. And you can get a home right near the lake too.
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:13 PM
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So some of the places I have been checking out for more info are:
1. Autism Research at Univ. of Rochester- lots of research , trials, studies, special speakers & events; also great for links to other helpful sites
2. Kirch developmental Services Center- clinic, nutritionist, disability services
3. Center for Autism- check this out for ABA
4. Roch. Center for Autism- therapy, support groups
5. Mary Cariola Center- school, also offers workshops
6. Autism Up & Autism Up Family Advocates
7. Family Autism Center- camps, workshops
Also a membership to the Museum of Play is necessary! The zoo is nice, and there is a fun working/teaching farm called Springdale Farms staffed by special needs adults. This is in no way an exhaustive list & most of these have great facebook pages.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:39 PM
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I thought that maybe strawberrymom2 and robbin123 might find this interesting too as it may be something else you might be looking for:

UR Medicine leaders will today break ground on a new building that will house a state-of-the-art outpatient Imaging Center, as well as the region’s first stand-alone clinic to integrate care of autism with pediatric neuromedicine and child and adolescent psychiatry services.

The 90,000-square-foot, three-story building creates space to relocate outpatient imaging, interventional radiology clinics and autism/neuromedicine/behavioral health pediatric programs from the University of Rochester Medical Center campus to an easily accessible location along East River Road and the I-390 corridor.

The first two floors will hold the new Imaging Center, which will combine spacious, private patient spaces with advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. The third floor will house the new William and Mildred Levine Autism Clinic, supported by a $1 million gift from the William and Mildred Levine Foundation. The autism clinic will co-locate specialists in autism, child and adolescent psychiatry and neuromedicine services to offer multidisciplinary care to for children and teens.

The Levine Autism Clinic has been designed to meet the environmental and sensory needs of children with autism spectrum disorders.
“This expansion will transform the way we deliver care and provide leading-edge technology and therapies to people who travel near and far for UR Medicine expertise,” said Joel Seligman, president and CEO of the University of Rochester.

The new site provides space to create the region’s first outpatient interventional radiology clinic. It also enables UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital to retool its imaging operations for patients on inpatient units.

“We are a regional destination for complex pediatric care and imaging sciences, and as we create a health care network throughout upstate New York, more patients will come to rely on us for services and technologies that are available only through the Medical Center. This facility is the latest example of our commitment to making services more accessible,” said UR Medicine CEO Mark Taubman, M.D.

The $28 million building will be completed in early 2017.

Improving Children’s Care

Clinicians in the Levine Autism Clinic will offer care in a child-friendly environment that meets the unique physical, sensory and environmental needs of children who need those services. For example, many patients with autism spectrum disorders become anxious and uncomfortable in loud, busy places and caregivers have helped designers plan a quiet, soothing place for appointments.

The attention to every detail mirrors the creation of child-friendly inpatient units and recreation areas in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital, which opened in mid-July.

“Children and families thrive when they receive care where they feel safe, calm and comfortable,” said Pediatrician-in-Chief Nina Schor, M.D. Ph.D., of the Golisano Children’s Hospital. “We are proud to be a leader in patient-centric care and provide this model to all of our patients and families.”

Todd Levine, president of his family’s foundation and Alleson Athletic, is proud to support the autism clinic. He and his wife, Julie, recognize the importance of easy access to high-quality autism care at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“Helping create a stand-alone clinic where children with developmental disabilities can receive comprehensive care will allow us to reach for new heights, ensuring everyone receives the best services and care possible,” he said.

In the past year, more than 500 children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, leading to more than 3,500 visits. The new clinic will accommodate the growing need for diagnosis and treatment.

The Levine Autism Clinic will be co-located with neurology, behavioral and mental health programs, which is convenient for families that see specialists in each of those programs. The physical proximity of the programs will foster greater collaboration among the multidisciplinary caregivers and benefit patients and families.
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:35 PM
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Thank-you db2797. I had seen pics of that, but hadn't yet found an in depth article like this on what they offered.
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:56 AM
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Thank you strawberry mom for your list and db2797 for the article on the new autism center .... I am beginning to feel more and more reassured that we have made a good decision to move to Rochester!
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Old 08-21-2015, 12:21 PM
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Well you are lucky if your husband is going to stay at home for most of the time as this way you will be able to look after your son in a better way. Check these links as it will guide you in a better way about the schools out there.
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