Autism Supportive Community

In 2018/2019, 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.

Businesses and organizations in the Village of Rhinebeck will be committing in 2019 to Do One Thing — As part of its efforts to become designated an Autism Supportive Community, those who sign on to the Do One Thing effort in Rhinebeck will pledge to make at least one adjustment to their facilities or to the way they operate. The objective is to create atmospheres throughout the village that are more supportive for people with Autism and their families. 
Completed Pledges:
Business "One Thing"
The Amsterdam  Allowing guests to pre-order, optional quiet area seating and Sensory Kits available
Aroi Thai Restaurant Advanced ordering option
Bread Alone Offering Sensory Kits, reduced wait times via calling ahead for seating in the dining room
Buns Burgers Offering sensory hours (3PM to 5PM), advenced ordering/pick up, space for movement
Cale Communications Updated lighting to be softer, more Autism friendly
Lucky Dragon Offering delivery via curbside pickup (pre-pay, call upon arrival)
Northern Dutchess Hospital Sensory Kits available in the Emergency Room, painted two treatment rooms to alleviate exposure to crowds and norise
Oblong Books & Music Hosted a panel discussion of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Oliver Kita Chocolates Lowers music from 1PM to 3PM daily
Pizza Posto Offering curb-side pickup 
Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce “Do One Thing” at public events, 2018 Holiday Tree Lightning was an Autism Supportive Event
Rhinebeck at Home Overview of Autism Presentation with ACA Consultation Team Member
Rhinebeck Masonic Lodge Hosted a Cinco De Mayo fundraiser for the ASC Initiative
Rhinebeck Theater Society Planned to offer an Autism Supportive performance of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Samuel's Sweet Shop

Use only soft/warm lights, play softer music in the morning hours, educate staff on mindfulness/respect for ALL customers
Terrapin Restaurant Reduced noise in the dining space, now offering take-out lunch and curb-side pickup as well as limited wait times
Village of Rhinebeck Police Department All Village police vehicles are equipped with Autism Awareness Kits (sensory items & noise cancelling headphones)
Upcoming Pledges: 
Business "One Thing"
1686 and Company Will offer a Sensory Kit
A.L Stickle Variety Store Will offer reduced wait times
Aba's Falafel Will create a PECS menu, for website & in restaurant
Anite Ferri Realty Will hold an agency wide awareness meeting for real estate agents
Century 21 Alliance Realty Group Reduce noise, eliminate safety hazards, provide visual supports lower volumes & lighting.
Cesare + Lili  Will offer Sensory Kits and display window sticker
The Clothes Tree Will offer Sensory Kits, create visual supports, offer reduced wait times and create volunteer positions
The Episcopal Church of the Messiah Will provide a context for all special needs children to experience spirituality in a welcoming, safe setting
FACE Stockholm Will offer Sensory Kits
Hammertown Rhinebeck Will offer Sensory Kits
HQMP Will offer a sensory space and lowered lighting
Hudson Valley Magazine Will publish articles for ACA & ASC 
Hundred Mile Will offer Sensory Kits, and lower music volume
Iconic Hair Will open earlier than usual by appointment - lights/noise will be kept to a supportive level
Jack M. Mancus MD  Will reduce noise & volumes, eliminate safety hazards
Kroeg Will offer sensory kits and a trained staff member for emergencies
Land of Oz Toys Will offer haircuts in a quiet and safe environment
Megabrain Comics Will offer Sensory Kits
No Sugar Will offer Sensory Kits
Old Mill Wine & Spirits Will offer Sensory Kits
Oliva! Will offer Sensory Kits and reduced wait times
Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County Will develop a social story, offer a quiet/sensory space and reduced wait times 
Pegasus Footwear Will offer Sensory Kits
Periwinkles at Rhinebeck Will offer Sensory Kits
Rhinebeck Artists Shop Will offer Sensory Kits
Rhinebeck Bicycle Shop Will offer Sensory Kits
Rhinebeck Central School District Will swap out their current lighting for softer, more autism friendly lighting
Rhinebeck Department Store Will offer Sensory Kits
Ruge’s Automotive Will offer their showroom as a sensory safe place during Porchfest 2019
Staley Real Estate LLC Will offer Sensory Kits and social storys
Sugar Plum Boutique Will offer Sensory Kits
Sunflower Natural Foods Market Will offer Sensory Kits
Topical BioMedics Inc Will offer Sensory Kits

Village Hall

Will swap out their current lighting for softer, more autism friendly lighting
Village Pizza Will offer Sensory Kits, create volunteer opportunities, offer reduced wait times and eliminate safety hazards
Willow Wood Will offer Sensory Kits
Winter Sun & Summer Moon Will offer Sensory Kits
Zimmer Brothers Boutique Will offer Sensory Kits and recuded wait times


To learn more about becoming an Autism Supportive Community, contact our Consulting Department at 845-889-9616 or