Advocacy Services

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Disabilities Action Team, 795 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14203, Sharon Urbaniak, Chairperson- tel. (716) 847-5514, Was established to assist our parishes to Open Doors, Minds and Hearts to total inclusion of our brothers and sisters with disabilities.

Center for Self Advocacy Inc., P.O. Box 386, 725 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207, tel. (716-316-2394), Help people with developmental disabilities work, advocate within their community and have an independent, productive lifestyle.

Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY (DDAWNY), 7 Community Dr., Cheektowaga, NY 14225, tel. (716) 877-7007, A collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that deal with developmental disabilities.

Ican (Independent Consumer Advocacy Network), Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., 237 Main St., Ste 400, Buffalo, NY 14203, Charles Marinaccio@(716)847-0650,

Program for people with Medicaid who need long-term care services. Will answer questions related to Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and your managed care plan.

NY START, tel. 1-844-567-8278,


Offers crisis prevention and response for individuals with developmental disabilities and complex mental/behavioral health needs. Also offers related clinically-based consultation and training to organizations throughout the community.

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, Information: 1-800-624-4143; to report abuse and neglect: 1-866-373-2122, Provides assistance to callers who have questions or concerns regarding disability issues and connects individuals to appropriate services.

Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS) – Western Region, 1200 East & West Rd., West Seneca, NY 14220; tel. (716) 517-2342, Run by, and for, people with developmental disabilities. This organization supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups and encourages them to speak for themselves individually and collectively.

Western New York Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices (DDRO), 1200 East & West Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224, tel. (716) 517-2000, Provides services for the developmentally disabled.

Western New York Independent Living, Inc. (WNYIL), 3108 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214, tel. (716) 836-0822, Assists in enhancing quality of life with programs that offer: independent living skills, advocacy, peer counseling, self help, leadership development, and family support. They also offer a Client Assistance Program (CAP) which offers support and advocacy in regards to vocational rehabilitation, and a Transportation Program.

21_Connect, www.21_Connect A not-for-profit advocacy group focused on educating the community about individuals with Down Syndrome.