Our goal is to provide individuals with developmental disabilities a wide range of services in a safe and healthy environment.

The ARDC services provide individualized plans based on the required needs and support of individuals and families that we serve.

Positive reinforcement and activities are used and sought out to make a positive impact on all area's of a person's life in order to live the most fulfilled and independent life possible.

One to one and group services are provided. We will work with individual, family member, and/or care giver to identify strategies that will assist individuals to reach their highest potential.


Lyman Pierce, a Native American Rights Activist, was the first Executive Director and founder of Allegany Regional Development Corporation. As the founder, he felt that Seneca’s who had Intellectual disabilities, that lived on the Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Tonawanda territories lacked services needed to be integrated into their communities. With his partner Zelda an agency was born. Lyman was an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation of Indians and a member of the Beaver Clan. Believing education was important he was a graduate of Salamanca Central High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Houghton College. He also held a Masters of Divinity Degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Buffalo. He attended classes at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. As a veteran of the U.S. Army he served as a Chaplain Assistant and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Culver City, CA. Most of his life was dedicated to building up non-profit organizations for Natives across Turtle Island including cities such as Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.