About Us

Over 20 years ago, a small group of caring families of people with developmental disabilities established Advocates as a resource for education and support. Today, we are dedicated to empowering individuals and their families to lead full and meaningful lives in their communities. We provide the information, support, and resources individuals and families need to achieve their life goals. Championing the needs of the developmental disability community is at the core of our mission, be it through individual, family, or systems advocacy.

Our Board of Directors’ membership primarily consists of parents of those with developmental disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities. Our senior management team also consists of parents of people with developmental disabilities. Throughout every level of Advocates, we have experience living with developmental disabilities, and we use this experience to help you access the information, resources and supports you need.

Advocates has over 800 dedicated professionals serving over 900 individuals and family members throughout Central New York.

Our Mission

Advocates is a person-centered not for profit organization that empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to direct their own lives and create a vision for their future.  Together, we advocate for a future where people with developmental disabilities can fully participate in their home, schools, and communities in a meaningful way.

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