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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 Autism Supportive Programs to: 

  • Raise public awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • 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 about ASD within our local region
  • Increase opportunities for individuals with ASD and their families to frequent local establishments, organizations, and community events
  • Provide training to businesses, agencies, municipalities, and community organizations to offer inclusive experiences and environments
  • Provide recommendations and assistance to businesses, agencies, municipalities, and community organizations in implementing and offering accommodations and supports

Click here for a complete list of ASE businesses

Autism Supportive Community
Anderson Center Consulting invites communities to become better educated about autism and apply that knowledge into a community’s culture, infrastructure and planning to create a more inclusive environment. 

Established in 2018 the Autism Supportive Community strives to:

  • Raise public awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder and neurodiversities within our local region
  • Increase opportunities for individuals with ASD and their families to frequent   local establishments , organizations, and community events  
  • Assist community governments in gaining support of local businesses, agencies, municipalities, and community organizations to support the initiative
  • Provide presentations to relay information about autism spectrum disorders and the Autism Supportive Community initiative to community members 
  • Provide training to businesses, agencies, municipalities, and community organizations to offer inclusive experiences and environments
  • Provide recommendations and assistance to community leadership in implementing and offering accommodations and supports (for community events and celebrations)
  • Support community leaders in sustaining the Autism Supportive Community initiative

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 and other neurodiversities as well as insight into how people with autism may react in an emergency situation.
The training is designed to:

  • Provide First Responders (firefighters, police officers, Emergency Medical Technicians, ambulance personnel) with an understanding of how to serve and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in emergent situations
  • Provide strategies and recommendations for accommodating and supporting individuals

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

  • Provide administrators and staff of medical facilities (hospitals, medical practices, urgent/emergency care practices) with an understanding of how to serve and support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) during visits and procedures
  • Provide strategies and recommendations for accommodating and supporting individuals

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 collaborates with colleges and universities to review current practices, train faculty and staff, and provide an improved experience for students with autism and other neurodiversities.  

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