About Us

Our Mission and Vision

AutismUp is the leading 501(c)3 autism advocacy organization in Rochester and the surrounding areas.  Founded in 2004, by a small group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, AutismUp has grown to include more than 1000 families and more than 300 professional members.  Our mission is to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families, by expanding and enhancing opportunities to improve quality of life.  Parents continue to steer the organization, with the guidance of our Board of Directors, sharing one cause, one mission and one voice.

Our Vision is to collaborate with and create within our community to support every individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the people who care for them.  Our long-term goal is to establish a “home” for AutismUp, which would embody program and classroom space, a resource center, administration and presentation capacities.

The efforts of AutismUp have reached thousands in the Upstate New York area and have resulted in raising much needed awareness of the autism epidemic and promoting abilities and success amongst our children.  We are proud of our accomplishments thus far, and will continue to move our organization, and the programs we provide, forward.  We hope that you will unify with AutismUp to accomplish our unique and important mission.

Our Commitment

  • To support those who care for individuals with ASD
  • To identify areas of need for individuals & families affected by ASD
  • To create and implement social skills education programs for individuals with ASD
  • To provide community education and awareness of ASD
  • To advocate for individuals with ASD through policy change
  • To collaborate with community partners to promote the inclusion of individuals with ASD

Our Purpose

AutismUp seeks to provide parents, guardians and families who have members with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, with information and resources including:

  • Educational materials for review and personal use;
  • Information regarding educational philosophies applicable to persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Conferences and workshops pertaining to group selection topics;
  • Information regarding scientific advances pertaining to Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Financial charitable funds to seeks services, knowledge and treatment;
  • Information regarding medical practitioners and interventions;
  • Information regarding community integration; and
  • Family support and other services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Focus Areas

  • Practical Learning and Application
  • Inclusion Opportunities
  • Continuing Education and Best Practice Approaches
  • Community Awareness and Collaboration

Why Support AutismUp?