Arc of Seneca Cayuga Addresses Legislators on Autism Services



Arc of Seneca Cayuga, Leader of Autism Intensive Services, Addresses Legislators

Arc of Seneca Cayuga, a leader in the development of autism spectrum disorder services in the Finger Lakes region, was well represented when families and staff attended a recent task force forum, organized by local legislators.  This third task force forum was held at Corning-Painted Post High School in response to concerns from families, non-profits, community organizations and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Assemblymen Phil Palmesano, Christopher Friend and Clifford Crouch joined NY Senator Tom O’Mara on April 18th in Corning to focus on supporting the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. Invitees included people with developmental disabilities and their families, non-profit organizations, mental health experts and community leaders.

Discussions focused on identifying better ways to support the rights of people with developmental disabilities, expanding community-based care programs, ensuring the effectiveness of current transition plans for people in sheltered workshops and identifying whether the input and desires of people with disabilities are being considered.  The lack of residential opportunities for people with developmental disabilities is also a major concern.

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Stella Avcisoy, Arc of Seneca Cayuga Board member and parent, addressed members of the task force created to address concerns of people with developmental disabilities and their advocates.

“Individuals and their families deserve to have their voices heard, their rights respected,” said Palmesano. “Unfortunately, for many, their input and  wishes have been ignored through a hastily and flawed transition process that has left them with nowhere to turn as sheltered workshops across the state are closing.”

Representing Arc of Seneca Cayuga  were  family members Stella and John Avcisoy, Erin and Tim Besecker, Donna and Andrew Pasik and staff member, Anne Ventura, all of whom were able to address the panel. The same group plans to attend the next task force forum scheduled for May 12th in Camillus.

Arc of Seneca Cayuga offers Autism Intensive Services (AIS) and is able to provide a full array of services for individuals with autism and their families.  Services include diagnostic evaluations, treatment recommendations for home and school, practical assistance in response to family needs, ongoing supports as needed and linkages to other ASD community services.

For more information about Arc services, please contact Kathleen Carney, Intake Manager, at 315-612-0129.


Arc of Seneca Cayuga is a not-for-profit agency comprised of people dedicated to assisting and supporting individuals with disabilities, their families, and the community.  They provide opportunities and choices for treatment, employment, education, recreation, and community living to assist individuals with disabilities in realizing a productive and fulfilling life.