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Aspire of Western NEW YORK – Support Organization for individuals with Development Disabilities
Aspire's mission is to support children and adults with developmental and similar disabilities, helping them to live their lives to the fullest by providing individualized assistance based on personal choices. We at Aspire are driven by the core belief that children and adults with developmental disabilities have the right to realize their full potential and live as independently as possible.
In 1947, Aspire of Western New York (formerly UCP of WNY) was formed by a small group of parents in order to secure support and services for their children with cerebral palsy. Since 1947, we have served individuals with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, autism and other neurological impairments. We also provide services and support to persons who are challenged physically and cognitively as a result of traumatic brain injuries, strokes, hearing and visual impairments, as well as other disabling conditions.
Programs and Services:
- Adult Services
- Children's Services – Children Disability Services include: Children's Clinical Services, Children's Discovery Corner Day Care, Early Intervention Services, Integrated Preschool, School Age Services and Transition Services.
The The Aspire Center for Learning provides a comprehensive and individualized set of programs for children from birth through age 21. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, vision, health and education services are delivered as related services or part of a complete program. Our family-centered approach means we'll partner with you to provide an Individual Education Program (IEP) that enhances your child's growth, independence and community participation.
- Supported Employment Program
- School to Adult Life Transition Progam
- Housing and Residential Support Services
- Service Coordination – Includes the Elks Home Service Program. The Home Service Program offers individualized services to more than 300 people with developmental disabilities and their families annually. Through the Elks' collaboration with our home service program, Aspire is able to reach out to families and individuals who may not have had access to services in the past. For more information on the NYS Elks Home Service Program, contact 716.505.5282.
- Respite and Recreation – Program includes: Hourly Respite, Fredonia Saturday Respite, Free Standing Respite, Cheektowage Recreation Respite and Saturday Recreational Respite. For more information on any of these Respite Programs, please call 716.838.0047.
- One-of-A-Kind People Program