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    TRC is dedicated to advocating for individuals with disabilities and other challenges.  The primary focus is on listening and hearing people to ensure every individual has a voice in obtaining services and supports to meet their needs and face the challenges of being as independent as possible.

    Helping people with disabilitiesThe Resource Center offers Self-Advocacy groups for both Northern and Southern Chautauqua County.  Advocacy programs and initiatives are designed for people with developmental disabilities to share and voice their concerns regarding social issues that affect their lives.  Self-Advocacy groups meet on a monthly quarterly, or as needed basis.

    Self-advocates discuss various topics of interest that help move them towards advocating for increased inclusion in their community.  Self-advocates also discuss social issues that are important to a person’s rights.

    All of The Resource Center’s Self-Advocacy groups work closely with SANYS (Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc.). SANYS is a not-for profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. SANYS’s goal is to help create a person-centered and person-directed system of supports. To further this goal, the SANYS executive board supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups regionally and statewide, like The Resource Center. SANYS encourages people to speak for themselves individually and collectively.

    The Resource Center’s Self-Advocacy groups have traveled to Albany to advocate and lobby for legislative issues that affect people with developmental disabilities.  They also participate in


    Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day in Niagara Falls, USA every year.  Not only does this give people a sense of accomplishment, but injects a social element as well so people have an opportunity to interact with their peers.

    Additionally, The Resource Center also provides training through SANYS University and promotes other educational opportunities.

    For more information about our programs, please contact Beth Ray at (716) 366-4439 for Northern Chautauqua County and Leslie Fickling at (716) 485-7231 for Southern Chautauqua County.


    What people say

    Patricia Sharp, Community Helping Hands Office Manager

    “We are extremely grateful for The Resource Center or any group that donates or volunteers, because we serve a lot of people in need in the community.”

    Jim Maione, Director of Distribution, Southern Tier Brewing Company

    “Southern Tier Brewing Company is happy to bring jobs back to the local economy. Our relationship is important with The Resource Center because it gives us an opportunity to provide meaningful work to people with disabilities. Additionally, they are providing a wonderful service for us.”

    Amanda S. – Patient

    “The Resource Center’s Primary Care Staff have been helpful and responsive to my health concerns. I am able to see my provider the same day I contact the office with a need.”

    Mike Richner, Manufacturing Manager, Dahlstrom Roll Form

    “I’ve used The Resource Center in the past and their quality is excellent and their work ethic is very good. The employees knew what the expected quality level was and where it needed to be.”