At Anderson Center for Autism, you’ve got an extended family.

“Every time we visit our son at Anderson Center for Autism, we feel inspired to give back. They’ve created such a positive, caring, and nurturing environment, and have done so much for people impacted by autism. Organizing a fundraising effort is just one small way we can help Anderson continue to make a big difference in so many lives.” - Andrea Lambe, parent

“AFP gave my wife and I the support we needed along with the feeling we are not alone in one of the biggest decisions we needed to make for our child.” - Keith Cuttone, parent



Mission Statement
Anderson Family Partners is a community of families and guardians of individuals served by Anderson Center for Autism (ACA). We are committed to supporting ACA in their mission of optimizing the quality of life for people with autism. We foster communication, education, and support for the Anderson population, their families, as well as the staff. We also partner with Anderson in community outreach, advocacy, and fundraising efforts.

AFP Advocates
Families involved with AFP regularly visit with legislators who have the power to help people with Autism; they’re making quite a difference. We’ve had a family member ring the NASDAQ bell at the NY Stock Exchange to raise awareness, we’ve met with the Governor, and we fight for fair pay for direct care workers and funding for programs and services. We also regularly share ideas and feedback with Anderson leadership, requesting consideration of programmatic changes when necessary. This communication helps us make a direct impact on the quality of life for those we love.


AFP Provides Support to Families
Families like ours who have children with autism live a unique journey, full of challenges that others may never understand. While the experience of being a special needs parent can often leave you feeling isolated and lonely, we’ve created a safe circle of support for you with Anderson Family Partners. The kinship we feel with one another is really special, and our conversations are designed to provide you with unwavering support and compassion so that you can live your best possible life.



AFP Raises Funds
We can all do our part to secure a healthy future for Anderson by raising funds that help bridge gaps between financial needs and resources. Here’s how you can help:
Anderson Center Gala: sponsor the event, purchase tickets, bring your friends, donate silent auction items
Anderson Golf Classic: sponsor, put together a foursome, publicize, donate raffle items
Anderson Foundation: host a private fundraiser, make a donation, include Anderson in your estate plan
Attend other AFP events and fundraisers
Set up a fundraiser with an affiliate
Promote events & request donations via social media
Set up a gofundme page for a specific project or program

“We loved every moment of our DC advocacy! We were energized meeting other participants from all over the country. We had a very strong bond, as we all want to educate legislators about our schools and programs. We asked to be included as a resource if healthcare discussions move in our direction. It was such an honor.”
-Karla Peterson

“By hosting a community-wide ‘Pajama Day’, I raised thousands of dollars for Anderson Foundation. Not only did it allow me to make a donation to the place that is so important to my brother, but it helped businesses and families from Long Island better understand autism. I look forward to doing it again!”
- Abby Edwards, age 13