Transition - Teen & Adult

  • Institute for Innovative Transition

    Institute for Innovative Transition

    (585) 275-7739   Email


    A partnership of the Golisano Foundation, the University of Rochester’s Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities and Warner School of Education, the Institute for Innovative Transition provides a robust and comprehensive set of initiatives to improve the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood.

    The Institute for Innovative Transition was launched in 2008 through a partnership of the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, the University of Rochester.  The Institute is housed at the Warner School of Education in LeChase Hall on the River Campus. The Institute provides support to community members in the Finger Lakes Region to effectively address transition issues for individuals with developmental disabilities, ages 12 and older. Community members include young adults with developmental disabilities, family members, local education institutions and agencies who provide service to individuals with developmental disabilities.
    Here are some examples of areas with which we can assist you:

    • Navigating the transition process
    • Understanding post secondary options including college and employment
    • Referring you to and providing contact information for local agencies and support services
    • Supporting your advocacy efforts for services and supports
    • Vocational information regarding assessments, options and services
    • Independent living information
    • Accessible transportation
  • CDS Monarch

    CDS Monarch

    860 Hard Rd.,Webster, NY, 14580 585-341-4600
    Parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to come together for support, resources, and information sharing. Parent groups offer networking and support, and education through scheduled presenters that focus on a variety of topics.

    Parent Support Groups meet two Saturdays per month from 9-11am at the Wolf Life Transitions Center, 860 Hard Road, Webster, NY

    For information or to register for the Parent Support Group, please contact Evonne Pomerantz, Program Coordinator, at (585) 347-1031 or

    Family Education and Training provides training classes to families who have a loved one under the age of 18 with disabilities. Each session helps families: Enhance decision-making capacity of the family unit, provide orientation about the nature and impact of developmental disabilities upon your loved one and you, and inform families about CDS services.
    Family Education Training Sessions are offered one to two times per month at CDS' Wolf Life Transitions Center.

    CDS Sib Shops:
    A unique program developed by CDS, “Sib Shops” addresses the importance of peer support and education for siblings of people living with developmental disabilities. Siblings have the opportunity to learn and share through fun activities in a relaxed environment. This group meets for ten sessions per year at CDS' Wolf Life Transitions Center in Webster. The group meets two Saturdays per month from 10:00 am - noon. Sibshops Group will be held for Siblings age 6-13 years old

    Autism Skill Building:
    This program is designed to help individuals with Autism increase their skill development. Participants work on increasing their socialization skills, handling their own emotions, and recognizing stress while developing techniques to cope with stress. The program offers great opportunities for peer interaction & support and is open to children ages 6-16. The group meets Monday- Friday for two hours after school.
    For more information, contact Sarah Eksten at 347-1075