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Upstate Special Needs Consulting Presents:



connecting young adults with special needs. in real time. in the community. 

Due to the coronavirus we have canceled The Social Exchange until further notice. We will post here and our Facebook page when we are back in session. Stay safe! Please use our Facebook page to keep in touch with each other!

what is the intent?
what are our goals?
when does the social exchange meet?
who typically attends the social exchange?
what is the format?
Our intent is to create safe places for organic connections to happen among young adults with special needs. 
Our goal is to have young adults with special needs find friends, roommates and everything in between. We also encourage parents meeting other parents whether to hang out socially or compare notes. 
We typically meet the first Tuesday of every month (except for holidays or special events.) Dates for events are updated monthly as well you can see our future meetups below. We ask you to RSVP in advance. You can RSVP until noon the day of.  In the event of cancellation, you will be notified via email.
Everyone is welcome. Individuals range in age, ability and frequency in which they attend. Average group size is 15-20 people. Sometimes smaller. Sometimes larger. Parents and young adults are welcome.  Some individuals come with their guardian or support staff, others come on their own.  
The meetups are typically an open format. Stay for as long or as short as you want. Some months we have activities and others we do not. We typically have food at events. Purchase of food to support the hosting business is highly suggested but not mandatory
privacy and rules
It is the responsibility of group members to connect with one another at meetups. The Upstate Special Needs team will never give out personal contact information to other members. Participation is at the discretion of the organizers. Should any individual risk safety of the group, individual will be asked to leave.
James Traylor
Co-Founder & President, Upstate Special Needs Planning & Upstate Special Needs Consulting
Nicole VanGorder
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Upstate Special Needs Planning & Upstate Special Needs Consulting
calendar of meetups
Location and Dates subject to change; RSVP for the month are set out the first week of the month for each session


Connecting our community. Fostering friendships. Empowering individuals with special needs.


Own or work at an awesome business and interested in hosting us? Let's talk!

Contact: Nicole nvgp@upstatesnp.com

Does your child with special needs struggle to make friends? Is your child looking for a roommate? Is your child transitioning to adulthood? Are you looking for other special needs parents to connect with? ..If so, then The Social Exchange may be for YOU!
Apr 07, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Panera Bread (Back of Restaurant),
1902 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY 14618, USA
Will you join us?