A mile-long Autism-nature trail at Letchworth State Park is expected to open to the public later this year. It’s a project that has been over a half-decade in the making.


For the first few months of the COVID19 pandemic, Spenser Murray was afraid to leave his house.

"I was literally scared to leave the house, like even just ordering groceries was like freaking me out," Murray says. "And I turned 30 during the pandemic and that was the point where I was still kind of really freaked out about going outside."

Six Flags Darien Lake

Six Flags Darien Lake and the other 25 Six Flags parks nationwide have earned a "Certified Autism Center" designation, the first ever family of parks to get that classification.

Five years ago, a retired school administrator from Batavia had a conversation with her neighbor. What she didn’t know then is that talk would inspire the next phase of her life. From our public radio partners at WXXI in Rochester, James Brown has the story.

Kathy Doody

The State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities is holding another series of public forums across New York this month to help educate families about the critical change coming in the way services are provided.

Quadrant Epigenetics LLC

Researchers at Upstate Medical University are almost ready to send a test to market that would use saliva to help determine if a child is autistic.


New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia say they have launched an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Trevyan Rowe.

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Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester on Monday night to honor the life of Trevyan Rowe, the 14-year-old boy whose body was recovered from the Genesee River on Sunday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

iPads are giving a voice to children who cannot speak.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Cantalician Center are learning to communicate in a new way in the classroom and at home.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo Public school is making sure students with autism are thriving. City Honors has a program called Students with Autism Rising to Success (STARS). WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley met a couple of students, their moms and teachers who are part of this program.

Artists with autism communicate through canvas and music

Apr 6, 2017
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Autism Services is making a push to increase acceptance and awareness. The organization held an art exhibit in WNED|WBFO’s Horizons Gallery. The exhibit also featured performances by the Autism Services band No Words Spoken.

Autism Services displays arts & music talents

Apr 12, 2016
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Students from Autism Services kicked off their annual art show with a special performance Tuesday.  It was held in our WNED-Television studio's.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley tells us the event celebrates American Music. 

Measles vaccine: Facts, not fear

Feb 10, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Health officials continue warning parents to make sure their child is immunized against the Measles. There are confirmed cases in 17 states including New York and the Erie County Health Commissioner wants parents to understand facts,not fear, about vaccines. 

Impact educators have on students & families

Feb 20, 2014
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With much concern centered on Buffalo's education crisis,  one local college is putting educators in the spotlight.  Buffalo State College has dubbed 2014 as the 'Year of the Teacher'.  It's designed to celebrate educators and the impact they've had on students.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley traveled to St. Mary's School of Deaf where a mother shared the story of her autistic son inspired by his teacher.

Significant increases in Autism cases

Mar 30, 2012
Photo from the CDC Website

A new report issued by the Center for Disease Control reveals starling increases in autism cases around the country.  One in every 88-children is affected.  For boys—the rate is higher –one in every 54-boys is being diagnosed with Autism.  WBFO & AM-970’s Eileen Buckley talked with two local Autism experts.

You can learn more about the latest CDC study at



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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law Tuesday that requires health insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism disorders. 

The measure was approved unanimously by both the state Senate and Assembly in June.  The law will take effect one year from Tuesday.

Early treatments and interventions can help improve the quality of life for those affected with autism spectrum disorders.

The legislation is expected to help families pay for expensive health care costs related to treating loved ones with autistic disorders.