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Metro Rail Construction - Effective March 30th

Due to construction, Metro Rail is running on one track between Allen Station and Church St. Station.  This is called single tracking.  All passengers will need to change trains at Church St. 

Inbound and Outbound

The Metro Rail system has two tracks, an INBOUND track, on the western side of Main St. and an OUTBOUND track on the eastern  side.  When single tracking, only one of these tracks will be used.  Again, between Allen and Church St. Stations.

 Ramp use for mobility devices

When Metro is single tracking on the INBOUND track

- Inbound from University Station through Allen Medical Station, passengers with a mobility device must board the first car if they intend to exit at any of the aboveground stations.

- Inbound from Church Street or Seneca Street Stations, passengers with a mobility device must board the last car.

- Outbound from Erie Canal Harbor or Seneca Street Stations, passengers using a mobility device must board the first car.

- Outbound customers boarding at Church Street, Lafayette or Fountain Plaza Stations using a mobility device must board the last car. 

When Metro is single tracking on the OUTBOUND track

- Inbound from University Station, passengers with a mobility device must board the last car if they intend to exit at any of the aboveground stations.

- Inbound from Church Street or Seneca Street Stations, passengers with a mobility device must board the first car.

- Outbound from Erie Canal Harbor or Seneca Street Stations, passengers using a mobility device must board the last car.

- Outbound customers boarding at Church Street, Lafayette or Fountain Plaza Stations using a mobility device must board the first car. 

Shuttle trains

Rail cars will run every 20 minutes between Church St. Station and the Erie Canal Harbor Station (or Events Only Station if open).  Shuttle trains will run on the track opposite of the track being used by the single tracking trains running to and from University Station. 

Construction Schedule

Metro will begin single tracking on the INBOUND track this spring and switch this summer.  The schedule is dependent on the weather on construction progress. 

Stay in touch

To keep you informed, Metro will post Rider Alerts throughout the system, online and use the electronic message boards in each of the rail stations.  Metro also uses Instant Updates.  Sign up at nfta.com for text or e-mail messages on Metro Rail conditions and many other Metro related topics.


Metro rail is single tracking in order to maintain service during the revitalization of Main St.  We are apologize for any inconvenience and will work hard to maintain the convenient, reliable service you have come to expect over the last thirty years.


 AUTISM SERVICES, INC. Social Skills Program →

My name is Sara Burke; I am the Social Skills Coordinator at Autism Services, INC.  We currently have openings for individuals in our Social Skills program.  We are looking for individuals in the 14-20 age range, but we are always accepting applications for all ages to review and be put on our waiting list.   

Our Social Skills program currently meets 2 times per month for 90 minutes.  Some of the skills we work on are having appropriate conversations without interrupting, making/maintaining eye contact, appropriately expressing emotions, being assertive, making friends, dealing with bullying and participating in activities.  Each student also has individualized goals that they continue to work on at each session.  Goals are worked towards by watching videos, completing worksheets on specific social skills, engaging in group discussions, and practicing on naturally occurring incidents.

If you feel you have an individual with a diagnosis of Autism that would fit in our Social Skills program please forward me a copy of their current Individual Service Plan, Individual Education Program and current Psychological Evaluation for review.  We typically look for individuals that are fairly independent with no behaviors.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at sburke@autism-services-inc.org or leave me a voice message on my mailbox at 716-631-5777 ext. 689.  Please note I am not always on site so it may take me a few days to get back to you.  You can also reach my supervisor Sherry Maynard smaynard@autism-services-inc.org or 716-631-5777 ext.307 Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you.


                                                                                                Sara Burke, BS-Ed

                                                                                                Social Skills Coordinator  

 Scroll to bottom for: Autism Services, Inc. Referral for Social Skills Program.  



In-Home Clinical Services 

For Children with Autism Living at Home with their Families 

About the service
Autism Services, Inc. has recently redesigned their in-home clinical services program to focus strictly on behavior support and interventions. Although other clinical services are extremely beneficial to children on the spectrum, we have found that behavior services are what families truly need in the home environment.  Through this program, a behavior clinician will come to the home to work with the parent and child on how to deal with difficult behaviors.  Visits will take place at times that are most convenient for the family.  Scheduling is flexible as we offer evenings and Saturday hours to meet the needs of the family. 

The first appointment will be held with the parent or primary caregiver. At this time, the behavior clinician will gather information on the behaviors, discuss the expectations of the program, and answer any questions the family may have. The next two to three appointments will be the behavior clinician observing the child in their natural setting and gathering data on the problem behaviors. After the observations are complete, the clinician will give a recommendation to the family on the amount and duration of appointments that will be most beneficial for the child (for example, 3X per week, 2 hours per appointment). The visits will gradually fade as families begin to utilize new approaches to improve behaviors at home.  Typically the service is provided for 6 months depending on need. 

The behavior clinician will then develop an appropriate behavior plan with the family to use at home to better manage difficult behaviors. The clinician will assist the parents and caregivers with the implementation and modification of plans as needed.

In order for behavior modification to be successful, it is imperative that a team approach is taken. The behavior clinician will work with and gather information from the following:

 The Child: The behavior clinician will take time in the beginning to get to know the child.  This helps in developing appropriate behavior plans that will be most effective.  One-on-one time spent together may include playing, talking, and/or engaging in activities based on the current behavior that is challenging. 

 Family Members: The more effort parents and caregivers put into this service, the more effective the interventions will be.  The behavior clinician will work directly with family members to give them the tools they need to make changes at home.

 The Child’s Providers:  The behavior clinician will maintain communication with the child’s providers as needed and/or requested.  These may include the child’s physician, psychologist, service coordinator, teacher, or any other individual that may help contribute to behavior plans. 

 If you have any questions, would like additional information, or if you have a family who would benefit from the service, please contact:

 Elizabeth Blinkoff

 In-Home Clinical Support Coordinator

Autism Services, Inc.

716-631-5777 ext 330


For Referral for In-Home Clinical Support Services form, (to be completed by Service Coordinator), scroll down to bottom. 


NCD Statement on the ‘Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years’ Report by the Center for Disease Control  

Washington, DC - On March 27, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years” derived from an active surveillance system of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network that provides estimates of the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) among children 8 years of age whose parents or guardians live in 11 ADDM sites across the nation.  

The 2010 totals released by the CDC show an overall prevalence of ASD among the 11 ADDM sites tracked was 14.7 per 1,000, or 1 in 68 children age 8. In 2008, the CDC estimated that approximately 1 in 88 children had been identified with an ASD based on data collected from health and special education records of children living in 14 areas of the United States. Using these totals, the estimated prevalence of ASDs demonstrated an increase of 23% between 2006 and 2008 and 78% between 2002 and 2008.  

“The information provided by the CDC suggests we’re getting better at identifying, diagnosing and serving some people on the autism spectrum, but clearly significant ethnic and gender disparities remain,” said Jeff Rosen, Chairperson of the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the President, Congress and other federal agencies. “NCD applauds the CDC’s recommendation that recognition and documentation of ASD – particularly among children who do not have intellectual disabilities and across gender and ethnic lines – needs to be improved and pledges our support and assistance to achieving this common goal.”  

“Despite notable advances and improvements in key areas, it still holds true that a person or family is more likely get an autism diagnosis if the child is white and male than if their child is female and not white,” added Ari Ne’eman, NCD member and founder of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. “Better diagnostics should lead to better services and supports – for everyone. We must continue to close the gaps in identifying ASDs so people can both obtain and utilize necessary supports earlier. We should also remember that autistic children eventually grow up. NCD also looks forward to the day when comparable data for autistic adults is also measured and made available. “ 

 Key Findings: 

 -- Overall ASD prevalence estimates varied among sites from 5.7 to 21.9 per 1,000 children aged 8 years. 

-- ASD prevalence estimates varied by sex and racial/ethnic group. 

-- Non-Hispanic white children were approximately 30% more likely to be identified with ASD than non-Hispanic black children and were almost 50% more likely to be identified with ASD than Hispanic children. 

-- Approximately one in 42 boys and one in 189 girls living in the ADDM Network communities were identified as having ASD.  

About the National Council on Disability (NCD): NCD is an independent federal agency of 15 Presidentially-appointed Council Members and full-time professional staff, who advise the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy, programs, and practices.  

Website: http://www.ncd.gov 

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Schools Must Provide Students with Disabilities Equal Access to Extracurricular Sports

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued guidance on the legal responsibilities of school districts to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities. The letter urges school districts to work with community organizations to increase athletic opportunities, and provides examples of types of reasonable accommodations schools may need to make. Students with disabilities have the right, under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, to an equal opportunity to participate in their schools' extracurricular activities.

Visit Disability.gov for more information about laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities. 

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The age of a home can lead to high maintenance demands and is associated with risk factors such as exposures to lead, asthma triggers, safety hazards and mental health stressors. 

A program designed by Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. and Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, was established to respond to this situation.  It provides individuals with developmental disabilities, who are at a high-risk of being negatively affected by health hazards in their home, with grants for necessary home improvements and repairs to ensure that their home remains healthy and sustainable.

Please contact Jennifer Steimer of Learning Disabilities Associates at (716)874-7200, ext. 159 for more information.




The men’s forum is open to fathers and male caregivers of children with special needs.   The forum meets in the evening once a month throughout the school calendar year at Bornhava, 25 Chateau Terrace, Amherst, New York.  

The group has been meeting monthly for several years.  Approximately twelve fathers have participated in the group, with an average attendance of seven or eight men, fathers of birth to five year olds.  It has been a great success.  There are ongoing discussions about coping with the handicapping conditions – the stresses, challenges, and rewards of being a father/male caregiver of a child with special needs.  There are also many practical discussions about what people are doing for their kids and how to access additional services. 

The group is facilitated by a licensed psychologist, Donald Crawford, PhD. 

Contact:    Ellen Crawford @ 839-1655  


The TRAID-In Equipment Exchange Program is a statewide service that connects individuals with disabilities, searching for an affordable means to acquire needed devices, with people who have devices they wish to sell or donate. Call the NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities at 800-624-4143 or email at webmaster@cqcapd.state.ny.us and ask for the TRAID-IN Equipment Exchange Program to list, at no cost, devices being sought or devices that are available. 



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Upcoming Down Syndrome Conference Empowering Ourselves for a Brighter Future on May 3, 2014

Our conference brochures are now ready and can be found at the following link:  

I hope that you can share this information with your list serve and we ask that  
registration take place by April 11th. 
Although our conference title focuses on Down syndrome, I hope that the members  
of your group look at the many sessions being offered throughout the day. Topics  
include an introduction session to OPWDD's services and the Front Door System, advocacy strategies, handwriting and keyboarding skills, 

 and communication apps. We hope that these topics will be helpful to parents of 

all children with special needs, as well as, caregivers, teachers, therapists, Early  
Intervention service coordinators, and Medicaid service coordinators.   

Thank you again for your support. We hope that you will join us on May 3rd. 


Bonnie Zon 

Down Syndrome Parents Group Secretary


Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum” by Coulter Video

Please join us in the next chapter of our sibling education program on Saturday, May 3, 2014 as we continue to try and help siblings of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) understand the communication, behavioral, and sensory integration challenges faced by their brothers and sisters. Please join ASI’s Clinical Department Staff as we present the video “Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum” by Coulter Video. The video will be followed by a question/answer period facilitated by our clinical staff, as well as networking opportunities for families. As always, parents are expected and encouraged to attend. The registration deadline is Friday, April 28, 2014. (Click on attachment at bottom of page)

Tracy A. Panzarella, M.A./CCC-SLP/L

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist/TSHH

Director of Clinical Services

Autism Services, Inc.

4444 Bryant Stratton Way

Williamsville, NY  14221

Phone: (716) 631-5777, ext. 328

Fax: (716 ) 631-9234



AUTISM SERVICES, INC., in collaboration with the institute for autism research (iar), is pleased to offer SummerMAX.  SummerMax is a summer social development program developed and empirically-validated by researchers at the iar to maximize the social competencies of 7-12 year old children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

Focus:  Social skills, interest expansion, interpretation of non-literal language (idioms), and face and emotion recognition.

Treatment:  Each day consists of five or six 70-minute treatment cycles that include:  Instruction, role play and modeling Therapeutic activities to practice skills. 

Dates and Time of Program:  Children will be randomly assigned to participate in one of two sessions in the summer of 2014:

June 30th-August 1st OR July 28-August 21st.  Each session runs Monday-Friday, 7.5-8 hours/day.

Cost:  $400 (Financial assistance available, if necessary).

To apply, visit website @ autism-services-inc.org/summermax.html  or contact Andrew Shanahan at 716-631-5777 ext. 702

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