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Golisano Autism Center coming to Rochester

Golisano Autism Center coming to Rochester

May 16, 2017 10:29 AM

Tom Golisano will join the Al Sigl Community of Agencies, AutismUp and CP Rochester in announcing the creation of the Golisano Autism Center, which will be built in Rochester.

Golisano, the billionaire philantrophist founder of Paychex, is contributing the lead gift to build the Center. The center is expected to help the local organizations collaborate to expand and enhance autism services in Greater Rochester and the surrounding areas. 

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There are an estimated 10,000 people with autism locally. 

The Golisano Autism Center Rochester will be located on South Avenue near Science Parkway and will include shared program spaces, a sensory gym, classrooms, therapy rooms and more. The total cost of construction for the 25,000 square foot building is $5 million. Ground breaking is expected to begin in the fall of 2017 and opening is targeted for fall 2018.

Golisano said, “I am pleased to provide a challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build this unique collaborative center, which will bring together a wide array of coordinated services and expertise under one roof. The Center will represent a significant improvement in how people with autism and their families can get the services they need over the course of their lifetimes. I hope that my gift will inspire others to join me and contribute in a meaningful way to this important endeavor.”

The first major gift toward the anticipated two-year challenge comes from the Golisano Foundation in the amount of $500,000, making the total commitment-to-date $3 million.

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