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1603 Court Street, Syracuse

AccessCNY delivers dynamic person-centered services to Central New Yorkers of all ages and abilities. Services are available for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries and/or mental health issues. A range of services for those with physical or developmental disability include: adaptive equipment, advocacy, assistive technology, augmentative communication, certified residential settings, community and day habilitation, consumer directed personal assistance, early intervention environmental modifications, family and individual supports, home and community based supports, housing supports, inclusive preschool education individualized support services, Medicaid service coordination, occupational and physical therapy, preschool evaluations, sensory integration therapy, social skills training, social work counseling, speech and language therapy and supported employment. All services are aimed at empowering individuals to reach their personal goals whether at home, school, work or play.

Arc of Onondaga
600 S. Wilbur Ave, Syracuse

Arc of Onondaga offers a wide array of services for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities including: early intervention, preschool and day care, universal pre-k, recreation, autism services and supports, supported and competitive employment enhanced day habilitation, corporate guardianship, respite reimbursement, senior retirement and residential habilitation.

ARISE Child and Family Services Inc.
635 James Street, Syracuse

ARISE works to ensure that every person, regardless of disability, has the power to make life choices and achieve their dreams.  As the local non-profit Independent Living Center for Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca counties, many of the agency’s services are available to people of all ages who have any type of disability. The agency's 50+programs are focused on removing barriers, sustain needs, strengthening skills and enriching the lives of people with disabilities.   Programs include: Medicaid services coordination, habilitation programs, mental health therapy, employment programs, consumer-directed personal assistance, advocacy (health care, housing, benefits, and education), information and referral and inclusive recreation.

Central New York Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (CNYDDRO)
187 Northern Concourse, North Syracuse

CNYDDRO is an agency of the NY State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Central NY DDRO works in partnership with familes, voluntary agencies, and the local governments to design, develop, and deliver programs and services that meet the needs of each individual and his or her family. Provides residential, habilitative, vocational, and support services; home modification, counseling, recreation, respite, advocacy, life planning, clinical services, and referrals to community agencies for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Serving Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego Counties.

Learning Disabilities Association of CNY (LDA)
212 E. Manlius Street, East Syracuse

LDA serves individuals with learning disabilities, ADHD and related disorders.  Provides information and referral to community supports, educational advocacy, employment services, summer programs for children and teens, recreational groups for teens and young adults, independent living for adults with learning disabilities and related disorders.  Serves Onondaga County.

Liberty Resources, Inc.
1045 James Street, Syracuse

Liberty Resources provides a wide variety of behavioral health services for children, adults, and families, including services for people with disabilities.  Programs for people with developmental disabilities include service coordination, self-direction, day habilitation, community habilitation, supportive apartments and individual residential alternatives.  Serving Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga and Cortland counties.

Assistive Technology

AURORA of Central New York
518 James St., Syracuse

Assistive devices for individuals with vision/hearing loss; talking watches, large print materials, flashing safety devices and household supplies.

Central New York Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (CNYDDRO)
187 Northern Concourse, North Syracuse

CNYDDRI provides technology evaluations and information on adaptive equipment and possible funding sources.

Project Adapt at AccessCNY
1603 Court Street, Syracuse

Assistive Technology (AT) program offers assistance with communication devices, seating and positioning equipment and environmental modifications.  Training and support services are available to ensure the best use of technology for greatest independence at home, school, work and in the community.  AccessCNY is the regions site for the statewide TRAID project, providing AT information, referral, training and equipment loans.  As part of the TRAID program that AccessCNY operates, the Money Follows the Person Program to enable people with disabilities to live in the least restrictive settings.  TRAID Centers have been able to purchase devices for loan and demonstration including portable ramps and shower chairs.  The device loan programs have also provided an opportunity for individuals of all ages and disabilities to borrow AT devices or to try them before they purchase.



Early Childhood Services

ARISE Child and Family Service, Inc.
635 James Street, Syracuse

ARISE's Infant & Early Childhood Program provides information and support to help parents find services that are right for their child and family.  Parent guides are also available to provide peer-to-peer support.  Guides are local volunteers who have been through the Early Intervention (EI) process who are available to offer assistance and mentoring to other families just entering or currently in the EI process.  Many parent guides have specialty areas such as navigating insurance, OT/PT specialists, recreation opportunities, etc.

1603 Court Street, Syracuse

AccessCNY provides Early Intervention (EI) and inclusive preschool programs for children with disabilities ages eighteen months through five.  Early Intervention therapy serves in a daycare setting for children from 18 months to three years.  Inclusive toddler and preschool classrooms available offering special education and therapy services.  Services include: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, 1:1 aide support, family support and assistive technology.  Parent training offered.  EI and preschool evaluations provided by a team of professionals including a psychologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational and physical therapists and social workers.

Jowonio School
3049 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse

A preschool for young children ages 2-5 years with a wide range of abilities.  Inclusive center-based program, itinerant services in the home and community childcare sites, early intervention and evaluations.  Services include: special education, physical, occupational and speech therapy; family support/social work, play therapy.  Early morning and afterschool day care available for students.

Emergency Services

Contact Community Service, Inc.
6311 Court Street Road, East Syracuse

Trained volunteers offer 24 hour telephone counseling to callers in crisis or in need of help, confidential and free.

CNY Poison Center
750 East Adams Street, Syracuse

Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services (CPEP)
301 Prospect Ave, Syracuse

This emergency service evaluates and treats those who are having a psychiatric episode and/or severe behavioral challenges.  Offers extended observation and mobile emergency services.  Referrals made to hospitals.  

Recreation and Leisure

6666 Manlius Center Road, East Syracuse

AccessCNY offers a number of recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Several recreation services are offered in conjunction with community agencies like the YMCA or neighborhood center. A 3 week summer camp is also offered in late July and early August. Project Adapt, the agencies assistive technology lending library, allows individuals to borrow everything from toys and games to bikes and wheelchairs.

Advocates, Inc.
636 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool

Family-centered recreational activities for individuals with disabilities and their families.  Activities are free to famililies who qualify for OPWDD (Office for People With Developmental Disabilities) services.  Activities may include, but are not limited to: bowling, fishing, roller skating, picnics, dances, ball games and local theater.


ARISE at the Farm
1972 New Boston Road, Chittenango

A 77-acre inclusive recreation center where we provide year-round recreation and education programs for people of all ages and abilities. Services include therapeutic and adaptive horseback riding, horse cart driving, inclusive summer camps, horsemanship camps, and school break recreation. People coming to the Farm can use our paved track for adaptive cycling/walking/running, can play on our 16,000 square foot accessible playground, go fishing, use the high rope course, and can arrange for field trips to the Farm. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to visit or volunteer.

CNY United Power Soccer
East Syracuse

A team sport, unisex, developed specifically for people with physical disabilities who use power wheelchairs or have a physical disability that prevents them from playing soccer. Players may use a protective wheelchair attachment and oversized soccer ball. Practices are September through June at the E. Syracuse Elementary school gym on Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30

HOPE, Network
7965 Oswego Road, Liverpool

Therapeutic dance groups; HOPE's Cherubs for preschoolers, HOPE's Angels for school-aged children, HOPES's Ambassadors for teens and adults. The HOPE Club is a socialization group for adults (18yrs+) with disabilities. HOPE.Happenings is a quarterly newsletter and calendar.

Just for Kicks Soccer
380 Lee Mulroy Road (The Ultimate Goal Family Sports Center), Marcellus

A developmental soccer program for children with disabilities ages (3-21)

Move Along, Inc.
PO Box 2205, Liverpool
315-420-4765 or 315-374-0082

Provides recreational opportunities for people who live with disabilities in CNY. Programs include tennis, basketball, sled hockey and kayaking. Formerly operating under the name Syracuse Flyers Wheelchair Sports inc.


Special Olympics
187 Northern Concourse, North Syracuse

Sports training in 23 sports for people with intellectual disabilities. Training by trained Special Olympic coaches on a seasonal basis throughout the year. Participants expected to attend all training sessions during the season.  (8-10 weeks)

Support Groups

ADD/ADHD Parent and Staff Support Group
North Syracuse Central School District

Meetings held at Cicero Elementary.  Open to both district and non-district residents. 3-5 workships per school year. Check "parent resource" section on website for dates and times.

FEAT of CNY/Jigsaw Junction
615 South Main Street, North Syracuse

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) is a parent organization that provides support groups, family consultations, kids clubs, playgroups, parent groups and activities, trainings and 1:1 meetings with our family support specialists, crisis intervention and consultations for problem behaviors. We run a family center where families can meet for all of these services, get together for free playtime or even rent it out for autism friendly birthday parties.

Training Classes and Workshops

Exceptional Family Resources (EFR)
1820 Lemoyne Ave., Syracuse
315-478-1462 Ex. 337
  • Advocacy Workshops are offered on a variety of topics related to special education, health and disability related issues.
  • Outreach Trainings are available on disability related topics and autism awareness. Trainingsare available for families, professionals, school district staff and businesses within Onondaga County.

ARISE Child and Family Service, Inc.
9 Fourth Avenue, Oswego
315-342-4088 Ext.225

Social skills classes are held at the ARISE office in conjunction with a program for the parents that takes place at the same time in another room.  This is for youth with a disability that are ages 8-12. The program runs for 6 weeks. Other social skills classes are being taught at Central Square High School and Fulton High School.