Golisano Autism Center Rochester planned to open in 2018

Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp and CP Rochester are collaborating to build the Golisano Autism Center Rochester, which will be located on South Avenue near Science Parkway.

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A new center to bring services for people with autism under one roof is in the works for Rochester, according to an announcement Tuesday.

Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp and CP Rochester are collaborating to build the new center, which will be located on South Avenue near Science Parkway.

Paychex founder and local philanthropist Tom Golisano is providing a $2.5 million challenge grant to start the funding for the project. An additional $500,000 gift is being provided by the Golisano Foundation.

The total cost of the center is expected to be $5 million.

The 25,000 square foot building is being designed to bring many services for families and people with autism under one roof. Shared program spaces, a sensory gym, classrooms, therapy rooms and other amenities are all part of the plan. Leaders say it is being built with infants, toddlers, youth, teens and adults in mind.

Behavioral and primary care supports, respite, community habilitation, social, recreational and therapeutic services, and a housing and employment liaison will be provided. Al Sigl, AutismUp and CP Rochester will help to bring in other affiliate autism service agencies to be housed at the center.

Mary Cariola will provide school-age instruction developed specifically for individuals with autism, will be provided by Mary Cariola Children's Center.

"The Center will represent a significant improvement in how people with autism and their families can get the services they need over the course of their lifetimes," Golisano said in a statement. "I hope that my gift will inspire others to join me and contribute in a meaningful way to this important endeavor.”

Leaders behind the project expect groundbreaking to begin this fall. An opening is slated for fall 2018.

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