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Buffalo Hearing&Speech Center

Hello and welcome to Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center. We offer innovative services to children and adults with communication disorders and specialized education needs. We believe communication is a basic human right, and as such, we offer a variety of communication-based therapies to service Niagara and Erie counties and school-based programs in Chautauqua County.

It brings me joy to see our nearly 350 employees out in the community helping over 11,000 people each year. Please enjoy the time you spend on our website and if we may be of service to you, your family or someone you know, please do not hesitate to call Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center.

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Aspire of WNY

Many times, the greatest things start with humble, quiet beginnings. For Aspire of Western New York, a young mother planted the seeds that would soon grow into a legacy of caring, devotion and hope.

Sherwood Moss was born March 25, 1945, to Mr. and Mrs. David Moss. A year-and-a-half later, Sherwood was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. There was little assistance for the Moss family as they lovingly cared for their son. Mrs. Mary Moss was fortunate to have a group of friends in the Junior League of Buffalo – an educational and charitable women’s organization aimed at helping the community and promoting volunteerism – who wanted to help. Mary mobilized friends, family and other parents of children with cerebral palsy to form the Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York on September 19, 1947.

Working together, the Cerebral Palsy Association and the Junior League began studying the problem of cerebral palsy. After a year and a half of study, an October 9, 1949, article from the Buffalo Courier-Express reported that the organizations had made significant progress in educating the community about cerebral palsy’s meaning and treatment methods, while also lobbying for state legislation. The organizations also realized there was no place in the community for young adults with cerebral palsy to meet together. They decided to establish a recreation program, said to be the first of its kind. Meeting space was donated by the Crippled Children’s Guild at 936 Delaware Avenue.

An article from the September 13, 1949, edition of The Buffalo Evening News vividly described what would be called the Young Adult Cerebral Palsy Center:

For the first time in their lives a group of young men and women are looking forward to a gay winter full of happy, interesting days. Accustomed to watching other boys and girls, these young people now are being offered a brand-new slice of living. They will go out at least one night a week for social recreation—go out wheelchairs and all. These young men and women are handicapped by cerebral palsy. (Statistics show that 95% of cerebral palsy happens at birth—so for nearly every member of this group it’s been a long time!)…..

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Parent Network of WNY


Support. Educate. Connect. Empower.

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We Provide 1-On-1 Support and Education on Disabilities, Special Education and Services.


Supporting families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Who We Are

Parent Network of WNY is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and for professionals.

Parent Network of WNY provides 1-on-1 Support and education through resources, workshops and support groups to assist families of individuals with disabilities to understand their disability and navigate the support service system.

The majority of Parent Network of WNY’s staff and board members are parents of children with disabilities, which provides a unique perspective, personal experience and empathy to the families we reach. Since it’s reorganization in 2001, Parent Network of WNY has served around 10,000 people a year.

Who We Serve

Knowing that professionals, parents and caregivers play a critical role in helping children with special needs achieve success in their lives, Parent Network of WNY’s staff specializes in empowering parents and family members to communicate effectively with professionals and to successfully advocate for their children. Parent Network also works with professionals by providing continuing education opportunities, resources and referral services.

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Autism Services Inc.

From humble beginnings 30 years ago, which began with a 12 month education program, Autism Services has grown into an agency with five locations, offering a plethora of educational and quality of life programs that include: Adult Day Programs, Residential Programs, Supported Employment, Family Support Services (including Medicaid Service Coordination, Respite, In-Home Clinical Support Program, Therapeutic Recreation for Children with Autism (TRAC) and an After School and Vacation Camp Program) and related Clinical Supports. Children who are students at our school, once graduated, make a seamless transition to our adult programs. Here they continue to learn such basics as self-care, employment and community integration, which is the ultimate goal of our organization.

The programs at Autism Services are not designed to cure autism, but to help people with autism learn to function in a society that was never tailored to their needs. We approach autism as a culture that has much to contribute. With this at the heart of our philosophy, we are a platform for our artists, writers, poets and musical performers to express themselves to their communities. ArtsWork is our agency’s signature program. Through ArtsWork, the universal language of art and music is used to create a bridge between people with autism and the community at large. Theatrical presentations, musical presentations, musical performances and art exhibitions allow our population to engage with the public, facilitating communication and socialization while increasing awareness.

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Autism Society of Western New York

The Autism Society of WNY Chapter’s philosophy is to support the parents and caregivers of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We do so by information and referral services, holding Parent Support Meetings and bi-annual workshops.

The Autism Society’s efforts are focused on meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. We promote individual, parental and guardian choice to assure that people on the autism spectrum are treated with dignity and respect. Please click this link to read the National Autism Society’s Core Principles.

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The Summit Center

Summit’s steadfast commitment to excellence is built on a foundation of evidence-based practice which causes us to continually review and measure results – not only for our consumers but for our entire organization. Methodology throughout our programs is based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has been identified by hundreds of scientific studies as the most effective method to teach individuals with autism and other special needs.  We are dedicated to helping every individual we serve achieve the highest level of personal independence possible.

Our Vision

Lives made better!

Our Mission

Guided by evidence-based practice, we maximize life success for people facing developmental, social and behavioral challenges.

Core Values

Optimism – We expect the best of our efforts and ourselves
Respect – We treat each other as we wish to be treated – with honesty and empathy.
Accountability – We are committed to excellence and to demonstrating improved outcomes for those we serve.
Integrity – We act ethically and responsibly in all our endeavors
Collaboration – We achieve results through the cooperative efforts of our team, families, volunteers and other stakeholders.
Adaptability – We seek opportunities to innovate and respond appropriately and flexibly to change.

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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization.

Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.

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We Rock is in the News!

We Rock is in the news! Check out Curbed LA’s recent article, “China’s Skyscraper Lessons; Designing Inclusive Playgrounds.” We’re thrilled to be setting an example and being a part of a movement towards the design of inclusive playgrounds!

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WRTS 2014 Walk Now For Autism Speaks Los Angeles

“Being the Grand Club Sponsors for Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles was one of the most incredible days of my life!” says founder Dina Kimmel.We stood in front of over 60 thousand people and know now more than ever that when a WRTS is opening, we are making a difference in the world and giving a home to so many families. “Finally a place where you never have to say I’m sorry” is a need in all communities says Kimmel. A big thank you to Kathleen Lantos Photography as we now get to relive one of the most incredible days in WRTS history! Check out this amazing video above, and see what WRTS and Autism Awareness is all about…

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We Rock The Spectrum Kids Gym On Autism Live!

Watch Dina Kimmel on Autism Live. Dina Kimmel from We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym, shares her mission to create a gym that meets the needs of kid’s on the spectrum, after her son was diagnosed with Autism. For more information about We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gyms or to find out about franchise opportunities visit: Autism Live is a production of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), headquartered in Tarzana, California, and with offices throughout, the United States and around the globe. For more information on therapy for autism and other related disorders, visit the CARD website at