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“What they’re
saying about us”

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

Working at Anderson Center was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. I really saw the difference I was able to make in the lives of the children and adults. I realized that if we could accomplish so much in just seven weeks, there is much more I could do by working with people who share the goal of helping individuals with autism to reach their potential.

Former Anderson Center Intern at the conclusion of her internship

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

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

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

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 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

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Kayla – Courageous Journey Story
Mike – Courageous Journey Story

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

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

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.

Joseph Kirchhoff

We knew that he was an incredibly adaptable, very bright boy, but even we couldn’t have predicted the amazing transformation he would undergo at Anderson Center. The aggressive behaviors that he once exhibited, common to many children with autism, just aren’t there now. He has learned how to calm himself down and as of three months ago, he no longer needs previously prescribed medications. And, most importantly, Karl is happy and content.

Parent of student in Anderson Center’s Children’s Program

It’s just such rewarding work, and it’s so vital, so needed.

Betty Kirchhoff

Michael – Courageous Journey Story
Jesse and James Jesse and James

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

Michael’s Mom Michael’s Mom
Help for John Help for John

Working at Anderson Center was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. I really saw the difference I was able to make in the lives of the children and adults. I realized that if we could accomplish so much in just seven weeks, there is much more I could do by working with people who share the goal of helping individuals with autism to reach their potential.

Former Anderson Center Intern at the conclusion of her internship

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Agency Philosophy
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.

MISSION
Optimizing the Quality of Life for Individuals with Autism

VISION
Anderson Center for Autism as a world-class provider and leader

 

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