Autism Supportive Community

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.

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Click here to watch a video about Rhinebeck's #justonething Autism Supportive Community initiative 

Businesses and organizations in the Village of Rhinebeck have committed to "Do One Thing" as part of the community's efforts to be designated as an Autism Supportive Community. Those who sign on to "Do One Thing" in Rhinebeck pledge to make at least one adjustment to their facilities or to the way they operate to accommodate people with special needs. The objective is to create a united and cohesive community that supports people with autism and their friends and loved ones. 

For more information regarding becoming an Autism Supportive Community, please call or email our Consulting Department
Phone:  (845) 889-9616
Email:    AndersonConsulting@AndersonCares.org
 

Completed Pledges

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

Sugar Plum Boutique

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

The Amsterdam

Allowing guests to pre-order, optional quiet area seating and Sensory Kits available

The Clothes Tree

Offering Sensory Kits, reduced wait times and creating volunteer positions and visual supports

Village of Rhinebeck Police Department

All Village police vehicles are equipped with Autism Awareness Kits (sensory items & noise cancelling headphones)

Village Pizza

Offering Sensory Kits, creating volunteer opportunities, offering reduced wait times and eliminated safety hazards

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

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