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Rochester Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder

New York State Regional Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorders (NYSRCASD)

Program Description and Information

The RRCASD is one of seven New York State regional centers for autism spectrum disorders, aimed to provide community education and technical assistance to the following counties: Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

The RRCASD provides various informational resources on autism spectrum disorder to families and professionals throughout the region, including webinars, information sheets, and online training videos.

Additionally, the RRCASD provides a variety of programs and services to professionals, caregivers, and individuals with autism spectrum disorder each year, including:


  • Susan Hetherington, Ph.D., UCEDD Director
  • Suzannah Iadarola, Ph.D., BCBA-D, RRCASD Director
  • Valerie Smith, M.S., RRCASD Coordinator
  • Jennifer Ward, Project Coordinator
  • Jonathan Payne, Office Assistant
  • Erin Palma, Parent Representative
  • Ann Scherff, Parent Representative
  • Brenna Cavanaugh, Psy.D. BCBA-D, Clinical Provider
  • Ken Shamlian, Psy.D. BCBA-D, Clinical Provider
  • Lisa Luxemberg, LMSW, Social Worker
  • Mary Brzustowicz, Family Navigator
  • Lisa Latten, MS Ed Health Project Coordinator
  • Jacqui Liebman, Family Navigator
  • Jackie Yingling, Family Navigator

Contact Information


Funding Source

The RRCASD is funded by the New York State Department of Education.



Associated Resources

Upcoming Webinar


Graduating college senior Thomas Ledbetter will discuss his understanding of autism from his clinical and research experiences in the autism field, his personal experiences as someone on the autism spectrum, and how both understandings have shaped his post-secondary experiences. This webinar will question the notions of autism as both a disability and a developmental difference, how this social and medical divide can impact transitioning and establishing an identity in university life, and what it means to belong to and coexist within the autistic and neurotypical communities. 


Thomas Ledbetter is currently a senior enrolled at the University of Rochester majoring in both Psychology and Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He has worked both on the university’s campus and at Golisano Children's Hospital within research positions to learn about the social and sensory processing of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and potential community and school-based interventions. He has participated in conferences and events related to ASD as a self-advocate to help those diagnosed and their families, and he has additional academic interests in moral and political philosophy related to understanding social and medical views of disability and how best to bring cooperation between those in disabled communities and those who are typically-developing. Thomas is currently working towards graduating and will be pursuing his Master’s degree and beyond as he is enrolled for the fall semester at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education in their School and Disability Counseling program.

  • Presenter: Thomas Ledbetter
  • Title: "The Friend of Two Worlds: Post-Secondary Education and Experiences of Neurodiversity"
  • Date: Thursday, May 14th
  • Time: 3 p.m.-4:15 pm.
  • Register on the NYRCASD website

The RRCASD is made possible through a grant from the NYS Education Department and is a program of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center. These resources are provided for informational purposes only. Information should not be used as a substitute for professional assessment and judgment. Although the information is believed to be accurate and reliable, all information is provided “as is” without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to merchantability, non-infringement or fitness for a particular purpose. The University of Rochester shall not be liable for any damages, including direct, indirect, special or consequential damages, which may arise out of the use of the information contained within this resource.