AutismUp, Al Sigl Community of Agencies, CP Rochester and the Golisano Foundation recently launched two initiatives to help families connect with local programs and services: an autism family navigator and the Autism HelpLine.
The Golisano Autism Center is expected to open in the fall of 2019 as a central resource for individuals and their families. It will provide access to multiple autism-related services in the city. In response to recent events, the founding partners recognized that families had an immediate need to be connected to the community’s programs and services before the center opens.
Melissa Parrish assumed the family navigator position to help people in urban areas learn about accessing available autism services. Parrish is a human services professional and adult educator with over 20 years of experience in recruitment, program and case management, youth development, college and career counseling, volunteer coordination, advocacy education, training design and facilitation, and community education.
The navigator’s office is located at the Boys & Girls Club in the city of Rochester. Parrish will attend information and resource events within Greater Rochester throughout the year. Call (585) 248-9011, ext. 115 or email for information.
The Autism HelpLine is a daily phone line staffed by 211 operators from 6 a.m. to midnight. This information and referral service is for callers in Greater Rochester and surrounding areas with questions about autism. Call (866) 288-4764, email or visit for information.