CNY Center for Autism opens in Auburn, but questions about it linger

The Central New York Center for Autism, which moved into its Auburn offices this month, is a new service provider for people with developmental disabilities identifying itself as a nonprofit organization. But as the center reaches out to the community to raise funds, its unsuccessful first attempt to open and uncertain status as a nonprofit service provider raise questions.

Located on the fourth floor of the Auburn YMCA since July 10, the new center will serve adults and children with not just autism but any developmental disability, Executive Director Denise Brooks said. It plans to begin providing respite services there in three to four months, and possibly integrate the center’s clients into the YMCA’s programming. Later, Brooks said, the center hopes to add day and community habilitation services for children and adults at another facility in the Auburn area, as well as a work program involving local employers.

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