Autism Supportive Programs

Our Autism Supportive Programs strive to educate community members about autism, equipping them with information necessary to welcome individuals with autism into their businesses and organizations as consumers, members and employees.

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Autism Supportive Programs 
Anderson Center developed our Autism Supportive Programs program to: 

  • Raise public awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Increase opportunities for individuals with ASD and their families to enjoy visiting local establishments 
  • Provide training to businesses, agencies, municipalities, and community organizations in understanding, serving and supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families/caregivers
  • Provide recommendations and assistance to businesses, agencies, municipalities, and community organizations in implementing and offering accommodations and supports 

Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM 
Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM is a community partnership designed to assist businesses, municipalities, and the not-for-profit community in understanding, serving and supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neuro-diversities and their families and caregivers. Many times the families of individuals with autism and other neuro-diversities find themselves isolated from their communities and unable to participate in activities we take for granted such as dining out, running errands, enjoying community events or recreation activities. By becoming an Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM, enterprises are recognized as bridges of acceptance and support, and a true community partner.

Anderson Center developed our Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM in 2012 program to: 

  • Raise public awareness of ASD within our local region
  • Increase opportunities for individuals with ASD and their families to enjoy visiting local establishments 
  • Provide training to businesses, agencies, municipalities, and  community organizations in understanding, serving and supporting individuals with ASD and their families/caregivers
  • Provide recommendations and assistance to businesses, agencies, municipalities, and community organizations in implementing and offering accommodations and supports 
  • Support businesses in designing, developing, and implementing advanced supports for individuals with ASD and their families after completing the Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM training
  • Provide Train the Trainer sessions for entities and/or Dutchess County offices and their personnel

Click here for a complete list of ASE businesses

Autism Supportive Community
Building upon the work completed through ASE, Anderson Center Consulting challenges communities to become better educated about autism and apply that knowledge into a community’s culture, infrastructure and planning.

Anderson Center developed our Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM in 2018 program to assist interested communities in establishing themselves as an Autism Supportive Community by:

  • Raising public awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders within our local region
  • Increasing opportunities for individuals with ASD and their families to enjoy visiting local establishments 
  • Assisting community governments in gaining support of local businesses, agencies, municipalities, and community organizations to support the initiative
  • Providing Open Forum presentations to relay information about autism spectrum disorders and the Autism Supportive Community initiative to community members 
  • Providing training to businesses, agencies, municipalities, and  community organizations in understanding, serving and supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families/caregivers
  • Provide recommendations and assistance to community leadership in implementing and offering accommodations and supports (i.e., for community events, parades)
  • Supporting community leaders in designing, developing, and implementing advanced supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families (i.e., social narratives, visual supports for community events)
  • Support community leaders in sustaining the Autism Supportive Community model

Click here for a complete list of ASC businesses

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Autism Supportive First Responder
This training provides First Responders with information about autism as well as insight into how people with autism may react in an emergency situation.  With this training, we hope to offer First Responders strategies that will aid them in recognizing a person with autism, de-escalating a situation, and identifying options in emergency situations.  The training is designed to:

  • Support First Responders (firefighters, police officers, Emergency Medical Technicians, ambulance personnel) in understanding, serving and supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families/caregivers during emergency situations
  • Provide recommendations and assistance to first responders in implementing and offering accommodations and supports (i.e., visual supports, sensory kits)

Autism Supportive Medical
This training is designed specifically for healthcare providers, such as doctors, nurses, Emergency Department staff and security staff of medical facilities.  Insight into autism spectrum disorder can enable a provider to complete a more comprehensive health assessment and provide an improved experience for the patient. The training is designed to:

  • Support administrators and staff of medical facilities (hospitals, medical practices, urgent/emergency care practices ) in understanding, serving and supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families/caregivers during visits/procedures
  • Provide recommendations and assistance to medical staff and administrators in implementing and offering accommodations and supports (i.e., social narratives, visual supports, sensory kits)

Autism Supportive College
Research suggests that 0.7-1.9% of college students identify as “neurodiverse” and this may be a conservative figure, (White et al., 2011).  Anderson Center Consulting can work with colleges and universities to review current practices, train faculty and staff, and provide an improved experience for students with autism and other neurodiversities.  

Autism Supportive Kids (ASK) – COMING SOON 
Children encounter peers with autism and other challenges in schools, sports and their communities.  ASK provides children and teens with information about autism, highlighting our similarities and explaining differences.  ASK serves as a first-step toward increased acceptance and inclusion by educating “the next generation.”

Employment-Able– COMING SOON
According to Autism Speaks, more than half of young adults with autism remain unemployed two years after high school.  Through a coaching model, Employment-Able strives to provide individuals with insight and strategies to improve skills and abilities that can be applied to a work environment.  Assistance with resume building, interviewing and employment sustainability is available.

College-Able – COMING SOON
Many college students who identify as having autism or other neurodiversities report struggles with anxiety, social interaction, social cues, advocacy and adaptive skills, (Elias & White, 2018).  College-Able offers a 16-week social skills course designed to support high school students/graduates planning to attend college.  The PEERS® curriculum is utilized within a remote-instruction model.  Offered as a complement to social skills training, is Individualized Coaching to Improve Executive Functioning skills.  Trained coaches assess an individual’s executive functioning abilities and provide insight and strategies to improve skills such as organization, planning, time management, studying, managing assignments and much more.

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