While the expanded rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine this week has had its hurdles, at least one group of at-risk students and instructors are on the path to being vaccinated against the virus. Continue Reading
As part of my series about people who stepped up to make a difference during the COVID19 Pandemic I had the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Paul, CEO and Executive Director of Anderson Center for Autism Continue Reading
Staatsburg, New York…Anderson Center for Autism announced today that it soon anticipates final approval to open a preschool program for students ages 3-5 with behavioral characteristics of autism and related disorders Continue Reading
Staatsburg, New York…Anderson Center for Autism announced today that it has named resident of Staatsburg and longtime member of its team, Anne Jordan, the new Director of Human Resources Continue Reading
Dutchess Tourism is committed to continuing to learn about ways we can make our destination more accessible Continue Reading
SUNY Empire State College launched its new statewide Center for Autism Inclusivity in an effort to be a fully autism-supportive college while meeting the growing demand for professionals working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) Continue Reading
Spectrum Bakes launches The Spectrum Stimulus Package, a first-of-its-kind collaboration among seven businesses who employ individuals of differing abilities Continue Reading
This season of our lives has had its share of uncertainty – but one thing’s for sure: those who provide care to people with developmental disabilities are unsung heroes Continue Reading
When Debbie Sinon's son, Brenden, was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old, there was a lot to navigate, from new doctors and therapies to early intervention programs Continue Reading
It was 3 o’clock in the morning Continue Reading
Every parent wants to give his or her child a set of vacation memories; that’s no different for parents of people with autism Continue Reading
Debbie and I are walking through this beautiful arboretum she wants to show me, and Lucy is with us, on her leash until we find a safe place for her to run Continue Reading
The Anderson Center for Autism has designated Dutchess County as an Autism Supportive County, making it the first in New York state to receive such a recognition Continue Reading
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
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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
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