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ACA Community

At Anderson Center for Autism, community has many meanings. From our students and their families to the autism community to the community at-large, we take our responsibility as a trusted service provider, credible resource, and integral community partner to heart.

We pride ourselves on being a dynamic and interactive member of the community while playing a significant role in promoting awareness of autism. Whether through teaching, supporting or collaborating with a vast network of educational institutions, non-profits, volunteer organizations, and for-profit businesses, each relationship provides unique opportunities for Anderson Center to give back to the community and opens up new opportunities for our individuals to explore.

Workshops and Educational Training

We consider our responsibility as family and community educators to be one of our most important roles. We welcome opportunities to communicate and interact with families, service providers, sister agencies, and the community at large to increase awareness, share information and be a local resource on all aspects of autism. The workshops we offer cover a wide range of topics such as financial planning, guardianship, health and wellness, sibling relationships when a family member is challenged with ASD, strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors, transition planning, and more.

In collaboration with the Empire Safety Council, we offer the Accident Prevention Workshop Point and Insurance Reduction Program online.  By taking our course, you may be eligible to reduce as many as four (4) points on your driving record. If you are the principal operator of a motor vehicle, you will receive a minimum 10% reduction in the base rate of your automobile and motorcycle liability and collision insurance premiums each year for three years. Click here for the course.

Outreach through Consultation

Anderson Center provides consultation, support and training to individuals, families, school districts, and community agencies affected by autism spectrum disorders or other related developmental disabilities.

With the guiding belief that the best options for success and improved quality of life occur when supports are provided within the natural environment, we strive to educate and support individuals on the autism spectrum in their home community setting.

Consultation Services Provided to the Community include:

  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Behavioral Specialist Services
  • Educational Evaluations
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Diagnostic Evaluations
  • Nutritional Evaluations

Anderson Center International (ACI)

Anderson Center International (ACI) has been providing opportunities for international exchange fellows in the social services industry since 1990. Candidates are sought with at least a Bachelor's degree in social service disciplines, i.e., mental health, special education, psychology, and related studies to apply and related work experience. Fellows are given the opportunity to train with experienced professionals in the social services field, contribute new ideas, and learn best practices. Fellows will then return to their countries to adopt effective approaches in their chosen fields within the social services arena. For more information, visit ACI's web page.

Internships:

  • Marist College
  • College of St. Rose
  • Dutchess Community College
  • Hunter College
  • Mercy College
  • Mount St. Mary College
  • Orange County Community College
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • University of Rhode Island

Community Affiliations:

  • American Red Cross
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Dutchess SPCA
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Local and Regional Businesses
  • Local Rotary Clubs

Community Collaborations:

  • The Good Dog Foundation
  • Dutchess Community College


Autism Supportive Environment
Learn more about Autism Supportive Environment and how your business can benefit from our services here.


The following businesses have partnered with us in becoming Autism Supportive Environments: