Our Community of Agencies is in every way rooted in Rochester and its surrounding communities. The full offering of services we make possible has helped children and adults with disabilities® and special needs to realize a better standard of living for a half century.
And we’re still going strong.
In 1962, parents and providers dreamed of a unique way for rehabilitation agencies to share space while maintaining distinct missions and programs. They boldly envisioned a model building with fully accessible classrooms, therapy suites, and work areas adapted for each agency, as well as a therapeutic swimming pool and gymnasium open to all. With the help of a caring community, these innovators built their dream house, and the Al Sigl Center opened its doors at the original Elmwood Campus in 1968.
Today we are known as Al Sigl Community of Agencies. Together with the six Member Agencies we have grown from serving 3,000 people with disabilities® in the early years to now serving over 55,000 people on six campuses.
Alphonse J. Sigl’s weekday radio broadcasts began in 1931 with this simple introduction – “Howdy Neighbors”. For more than 30 years, Al Sigl was the voice of Rochester. His ratings were the highest of any noon newscast in the country.
His tremendous popularity was a result of the trust he built with his audience, his giving spirit, particularly as a champion for people with disabilities and he made sure everyone was included. Al Sigl brought together the whole community to help “wherever there was a need”.
Today, his star still shines bright in the collaborative community that bears his name.
We were formed around the notion of collaboration and from the beginning looked to find ways to meet unmet community needs. Below are some of the Agencies continuing this good work today.
CP Rochester provides a network of services for people with physical disabilities®, from infancy through their senior years, to ensure that they safely determine their own pathways in life and live as full members of their communities. Over 65 years of dedicated service, CP Rochester continues to open doors and change lives.
Serving 1,950 consumers and their families per yearView Website
Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc. provides education, advocacy, and tailored services for people with epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and other brain conditions. Our region encompasses the Rochester, Syracuse, and Binghamton areas.
Serving over 4,000 clients per yearView Website
Medical Motor Services provides direct transportation services to children, adults, and senior citizens with disabilities® and special needs, arranges transportation using other community providers and offers a vehicle maintenance service to other not-for-profit organizations.
Serving 15,000 clients with 550,000 trips per yearView Website
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter provides comprehensive services to families who live with the unpredictable effects of multiple sclerosis through education, information, advocacy, health and wellness activities.
Serving 12,000 people living with MS in the Greater Rochester Area per yearView Website
Rochester Hearing and Speech Center identifies, evaluates and provides treatment for anyone of any age with speech, language, or hearing challenges to enable communication for life.
Serving 13,000 clients per yearView Website
Rochester Rehabilitation achieves its mission of Work, Wellness, Independence, by getting people back to work and fostering active living. It provides an array of vocational, mental health, specialized driver evaluation/training, plus adaptive sports and recreation services for people with disabilities® designed to assist them in achieving vocational goals, independent living, and healthy active lifestyles.
Serving 3,500 clients and their families per yearView Website