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.


Supporting Inclusion and Character Education at French Road Elementary

During the 2013-2014 school year, nearly 900 students at French Road Elementary School participated in "Different Ability Day", a program led by staff...

One Family's Legacy of Love

Eileen Schmidt was born in 1952 to Pat and Milt Schmidt. The fact that Eileen was born with a disability did not change Pat and Milt’s idea of w...

We Are Stronger Together: A Circle of Supportive Partners

For each of us, a strong circle of support can make a significant difference in accomplishing our personal vision. The encouragement and commitment of...

Workshops & Events

Regional Evening Forum on the CDOS Commencement Credential

July 30, 2014
**EVENING EVENT CANCELED AS OF 7/9/2014** There is still a day and a half event to be held on July 30 and 31. More information in the attached brochur...

Discipline and Suspension: Understanding the Rights of Students with Disabilities

August 6, 2014
Children with disabilities have specific rights under state and federal laws when it comes to suspensions and school discipline.  This workshop will p...

Pathways to Graduation

August 7, 2014
Learn what “pathways to graduation” are available for students with disabilities in New York State. What does each diploma and credential offer for a ...
Workshop & Event Calendar