Autism Supportive Community

Accessible Travel Series: Kathleen Marshall from Anderson Center for Autism - Dutchess Tourism

In 2018/2019, with funding awarded from the Thomas Thompson Trust, we have collaborated with the Village of Rhinebeck to support their effort to establish the Village of Rhinebeck as an Autism Supportive Community.  This will be the first Autism Supportive Community in our region.

Businesses and organizations in the Village of Rhinebeck will be committing in 2019 to Do One Thing — As part of its efforts to become designated an Autism Supportive Community, those who sign on to the Do One Thing effort in Rhinebeck will pledge to make at least one adjustment to their facilities or to the way they operate. The objective is to create atmospheres throughout the village that are more supportive for people with Autism and their families. 
Completed Pledges:
Business "One Thing"
1686 and Company Offering Sensory Kits
A.L Stickle Variety Store Offering reduced wait times
Aba's Falafel Offering a PECS menu, for website & in restaurant
The Amsterdam  Allowing guests to pre-order, optional quiet area seating and Sensory Kits available
Aroi Thai Restaurant Advanced ordering option
Bread Alone Offering Sensory Kits, reduced wait times via calling ahead for seating in the dining room
Buns Burgers Offering sensory hours (3PM to 5PM), advanced ordering/pick up, space for movement
Cale Communications Updated lighting to be softer, more Autism friendly
Cesare + Lili Offering Sensory Kits and displaying window sticker
The Clothes Tree Offering Sensory Kits, reduced wait times and creating volunteer positions and visual supports
FACE Stockholm Offering Sensory Kits
Hammertown Rhinebeck Offering Sensory Kits
HQMP Offering a sensory space and lowered lighting
Hudson Valley Magazine Published articles for ACA & ASC 
Hundred Mile Offering Sensory Kits, and lowered music volume
Northern Dutchess Hospital Sensory Kits available in the Emergency Room, painted two treatment rooms to alleviate exposure to crowds and noise
Kroeg Offering Sensory Kits and a quiet space
Land of Oz Toys Offering haircuts in a quiet and safe environment
Lucky Dragon Offering delivery via curbside pickup (pre-pay, call upon arrival)
Megabrain Comics Offering Sensory Kits
No Sugar Offering Sensory Kits
Oblong Books & Music Hosted a panel discussion of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Old Mill Wine & Spirits Offering Sensory Kits
Oliva! Offering Sensory Kits and reduced wait times
Oliver Kita Chocolates Lowers music from 1PM to 3PM daily
Pegasus Footwear Offering Sensory Kits
Periwinkles at Rhinebeck Offering Sensory Kits
Pizza Posto Offering curb-side pickup 
Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce “Do One Thing” at public events, 2018 Holiday Tree Lightning was an Autism Supportive Event
Rhinebeck Artists Shop Offering Sensory Kits
Rhinebeck at Home Overview of Autism Presentation with ACA Consultation Team Member
Rhinebeck Bicycle Shop Offering Sensory Kits
Rhinebeck Central School District Swapped out their previous lighting for softer, more autism friendly lighting
Rhinebeck Masonic Lodge Hosted a Cinco De Mayo fundraiser for the ASC Initiative
Rhinebeck Theater Society Planned to offer an Autism Supportive performance of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Ruge’s Automotive Offered their showroom as a sensory safe place during Porchfest 2019

Samuel's Sweet Shop

Use only soft/warm lights, play softer music in the morning hours, educate staff on mindfulness/respect for ALL customers
Staley Real Estate LLC Offering Sensory Kits and social stories
Sugar Plum Boutique Offering Sensory Kits
Sunflower Natural Foods Market Offering Sensory Kits
Terrapin Restaurant Reduced noise in the dining space, now offering take-out lunch and curb-side pickup as well as limited wait times
Topical BioMedics Inc Offering Sensory Kits

Village Hall

Swapped out their previous lighting for softer, more autism friendly lighting
Village Pizza Offering Sensory Kits, creating volunteer opportunities, offering reduced wait times and eliminated safety hazards
Village of Rhinebeck Police Department All Village police vehicles are equipped with Autism Awareness Kits (sensory items & noise cancelling headphones)
Willow Wood Offering Sensory Kits
Winter Sun & Summer Moon Offering Sensory Kits & a quiet space with no music
Zimmer Brothers Boutique Offering reduced wait times
Upcoming Pledges: 
Business "One Thing"
Anite Ferri Realty Will hold an agency wide awareness meeting for real estate agents
Century 21 Alliance Realty Group Reduce noise, eliminate safety hazards, provide visual supports lower volumes & lighting.
The Episcopal Church of the Messiah Will provide a context for all special needs children to experience spirituality in a welcoming, safe setting
Iconic Hair Will open earlier than usual by appointment - lights/noise will be kept to a supportive level
Jack M. Mancus MD  Will reduce noise & volumes, eliminate safety hazards
Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County Will develop a social story, offer a quiet/sensory space and reduced wait times 
Rhinebeck Department Store Will offer Sensory Kits


To learn more about becoming an Autism Supportive Community, contact our Consulting Department at 845-889-9616 or