GATES, N.Y. — The Autism Council's Information and Referral Service Center will replace the Gates police substation on Chili Ave. The Town of Gates decided to donate the building to the Autism Council because the station has not been used in 10 years.
“Unless you didn’t have a heart, of course you are going to make this available to families that need these services,” said Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini.
“Parents and families can reach out here directly and get exactly what they are looking for,” said Autism Council CEO, Lawana Jones.
The autism center will offer training, certifications and resources for autism families and professionals. It will also serve as a place to let families with autistic children know what to do and where to go.
“This will allow the school district, groups within the community, anybody that is looking for help or families struggling with autism to have that resource available to them,” said Assini.
The service center has been dedicated in the memory of Trevyan Rowe and the entire Rochester autism community.
Trevyan was a 14-year-old boy who walked away from School 12 last March and was later found in the Genesee River.
Rowe's family says they are grateful that his memory his being kept alive.
“It’s important that we don’t forget Trevyan and what happened with him. There were a lot of things that happened, that went wrong," said Jones. "We want to make sure that we work on improving those systems so we don’t have another situation like Trevyan Rowe."
The Autism Council will host its grand opening for the Autism Information and Referral Service Center August 30th.