When you ask people what they love about life in the Hudson Valley region, the typical response is: “the four seasons!” Continue Reading
The Village of Rhinebeck, New York, is an Autism Supportive Community, one of just a handful across the country Continue Reading
My concept of freedom has clearly changed over the years Continue Reading
Whether or not you’ve worked with those who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, you’ve likely heard of the world-renowned Temple Grandin. Continue Reading
When you think about autism, says Kathy Kollar, whose 19-year-old son Owen is autistic, don’t think about "Rainman." Continue Reading
The Singer’s annual “Love in the Afternoon” benefit concert on March 9th and March 10th raised an impressive $4,000 for the Anderson Center for Autism. Continue Reading
On Tuesday, February 19, at the annual Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast at the Beekman Arms Inn, a historic initiative was unveiled for autism awareness. Continue Reading
The Rosendale Cafe is hosting an exhibition titled "Moving Mountains," featuring paintings by Anderson Foundation Board Vice Chairperson Susan Angles through Sunday, April 28. Continue Reading
It takes a village. Sounds cliche, right? Continue Reading
Today, I share the sentiments of my son Cam, whose brother Owen now lives in a full-time residential setting at Anderson Center for Autism in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Continue Reading
Spring in the Hudson Valley is a beautiful rhythmic orchestration. Continue Reading
Executives from Anderson Center for Autism and SUNY Empire State College held a signing ceremony at Anderson Center on Monday, May 6, to mark the launch of a cross-institutional educational collaboration that will provide paths for professional advancement for Anderson Center employees and develop a program to prepare SUNY Empire State College students to work with individuals with autism. Continue Reading
1 in 59 are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to The Centers for Disease Control Continue Reading
To Dads Everywhere this Father’s Day: Continue Reading
As parents, we are faced with micro-level decisions throughout each day. Continue Reading
The moment, as Courtney Cross put on her cap and gown, was bittersweet. Continue Reading
I got up early to drive from the Hudson Valley to Connecticut on a Tuesday Continue Reading
As we round the corner to Mother’s Day, I want to give you an extra pat on the back. Continue Reading
There is a rhythm to the morning since my retirement last June in 2018. Continue Reading
It was a cold morning, one of those deceiving days of early spring. Continue Reading
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ACA’s core philosophy is that all people deserve to live a life of quality. ACA has evolved into an organization that has the expertise, resources and technology to enable the agency to contribute much toward the optimization of the quality of life of those it serves.
Optimizing the Quality of Life for Individuals with Autism
Anderson Center for Autism as a world-class provider and leader
"Anderson Center for Autism is the place to be!"
Elizabeth, Anderson Parent
"The Harvard of autism schools:
Catherine, Anderson Parent
Making the decision to let our 10 year old live away from home was extremely hard, but we knew it was the best thing we could do for him. We saw the very positive changes in him over the previous few months he had spent in Anderson’s day program and we truly understood that they could provide the level of structure and continuity that is so crucial for children with autism, something that we could not achieve at home.
Parent of student in Anderson Center’s Children’s Program
He has grown up to be a wonderful young man with a great disposition thanks to Anderson Center’s commitment to LifeLong Learning℠.
Parent of student in Anderson Center’s Children’s Day Program
It’s just such rewarding work, and it’s so vital, so needed.
I chose Anderson Center for my son after touring numerous schools in the tri-state area. It was clearly the best fit. I was enchanted with the way the staff interacted with the students. The Children’s Program is a safe, good, instructional program for him and the Anderson Center team loves him just like a family member.
Parent of student in Anderson Center’s Children’s Residential Program
I’m so honored to have this opportunity, I had been looking for my calling for quite a while and I have definitely found it here at Anderson Center. I share a strong sense of trust with the students and have found a creative way to help them feel good about themselves.
Anderson Center Teacher
Just over 30 years ago, I made the hardest decision of my life and moved my eight year old son with autism to what was then Anderson School. I knew he could benefit greatly from immersion in a program devoted to his specific needs. Of course, I’ve remained very active in his life and am thrilled that his progression over the years at Anderson Center has been amazing. The staff is made up of such special people with a unique sense of dedication to the individuals they serve. And, their expertise, dedication and hard work is rewarded every day in the difference they make in the lives of the students and adults.
Parent of individual in Anderson Center’s Adult Program
I knew a little about Anderson Center before we started the construction project there but the transition that’s taking place there and the genuine care and support the staff gives the children... that’s something to see.
Sometimes people are not accepting of someone with challenges they don’t have the patience. But that’s not the way it is at Anderson Center. I’ve gotten to know the staff so well over the years and I couldn’t rate them any higher than I do. They do a tremendous job dealing with the varied needs of individuals and I’m grateful that, as an adult, that my son can still benefit from their care.
Parent of Anderson Center student transitioning into the Adult Program
Fabulous is one word that sums up my experience at Anderson Center for Autism. I travel to two to three cities per week so I have a good sense of autism services and I’d be hard pressed to think of a center that is more comprehensive or dedicated. I am very impressed by the passion shared by Neil Pollack and the Executive Team – and the faculty is tremendous. Their creativity and vision is so evident and it manifests itself in the Center delivering what’s best for all involved. From children to adults, there’s a place for everyone at ACA.
Mark Roithmayr, Former President of Autism Speaks
Anderson Center responds immediately and consistently. The well trained Anderson staff understands the need for boundaries and compartmentalization. Their emphasis is always on the welfare of the client not the program, unlike some other organizations. As epidemic numbers of children with autism reach adulthood, we need forward thinkers. Anderson demonstrates a unique understanding of this aging population. It is a vital organization that is constantly growing and seeking out new resources. Their commitment to LifeLong Learning is a wonderfully evolving philosophy and one that they actually make a reality instead of just talking about it. And as a parent, I can only say I am thrilled that my child has the opportunity to be a part of it!
Parent of individual in Anderson Center’s Adult Program
Anderson Center, often silently, provides a remarkable service to the community, helping so many of those with special needs function in the often-difficult world that we live in. Their mission is endless and their legacy will be known to many for years to come. They touch the lives of children and adults through their caring efforts. We are always excited to be a part of their events and value the recognition they have given us.
Jason Page, Managing Partner, Page Park Associates
The Village of Rhinebeck and Anderson Center for Autism are thrilled to announce that we've both received designation as the Best Autism Awareness Collaboration in the Hudson Valley, thanks to Hudson Valley Magazine's Best of the Hudson Valley 2019 poll! Be on the lookout for the upcoming edition of Hudson Valley Magazine to learn more, and help us continue our good work by visiting andersoncenterforautism.org/ASC, where you'll find inspiration to do make YOUR business, organization, or community more inclusive as well! #Just1Thing can make a big impact! #BestOfTheHudsonValley #Autism #AutismAwareness #AndersonCenterForAutism #1in59 #Rhinebeck #HudsonValleyMagazine #HudsonValley
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Anderson Center for Autism’s Family Support Services program for children and adults with developmental disabilities offers in-home training and crisis support for managing challenging behaviors in the home and community environments. For further information and an application, please contact Lisa Susczynski, Consulting Coordinator, at 845-889-9616 or AndersonConsulting@ACenterforAutism.org.
Anderson Center for Autism is offering FREE consultation services to assist businesses in becoming Autism Supportive Environments. Each business will receive up to 4 hours of consultation services to assist them in becoming an Autism Supportive Environment, which may include: Environmental Assessment, Staff Training, Recommendations for Designing an Autism Supportive Environment, Resources, etc. For more information please contact 845-889-9616 or AndersonConsulting@ACenterforAutism.org