Creating a World that Works for Everyone

The Advocacy Center empowers individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for themselves and realize their personal goals.  Together we build strong, inclusive communities by increasing the ability of community members to support and value all individuals.

Through information-sharing, individual advocacy support, independent service coordination and educational workshops, we advance people's knowledge of resources and help them build life-long advocacy skills. Our leadership development programs help individuals, parents, and families to create positive change in the community by influencing public policy, supporting others with their advocacy issues, and promoting community inclusion and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. Our professional development workshops support organizations and schools in their work. Together, we are creating a world that works for everyone.


Family Support Services Advisory Council Inviting Input

The Family Support Services Advisory Council for OPWDD Region 1 is inviting input on community services needed for individuals with developmental disa...

Spring Lunch and Learn Workshops with The Advocacy Center

The Advocacy Center is pleased to offer "Lunch and Learn" opportunities for families of children in Special Education programs. Bring your lunch and l...

Soccer Team and Special Olympics Athletes Unite on Field to Embrace Respect

The Rochester Lancers soccer team kicked off Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at their game against the Baltimore Blast on Sunday, March 1, ...

Workshops & Events

Lunch & Learn: IEP Essentials

April 28, 2015
The Advocacy Center is pleased to offer "Lunch & Learn" Bring your lunch and learn the basics of special education in these one hour workshops. IEP ...

Ask An Advocate ~ A Webinar at Allegany Arc

April 30, 2015
"Ask An Advocate" provides a unique opportunity to hear an advocate's perspective on special education, disability services, or other related topics. ...

When School Is Too Hard: Your Guide to Finding Help at School ~ Presented in Spanish

May 5, 2015
Cuando la Escuela es Muy Difícil: Su Guía para Encontrar Ayuda en la Escuela ¿Está su hijo/a luchando en la escuela?  Este taller habla sobre los apo...
Workshop & Event Calendar