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Autism Supportive Environment

Our Autism Supportive Environment program (ASE) is a community partnership designed to assist businesses in understanding, serving and supporting individuals with ASD and their families.  Many times families of individuals with ASD 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 Environment, your business is recognized as a bridge of acceptance and support, a beacon of hope and a true community partner.

ASE Decal 2015

 

Autism Supportive Environment is a tried and true venture.  Its success began nearly four years ago with long-time community partner, Coppola’s Ristorante in Hyde Park.  The Center trained employees at the 53-year old veteran restaurant to be able to safely and positively accommodate visiting families.  Owner John Coppola explains, “I’m not sure who enjoys it more, the parents or the kids that get to come to the restaurant and really to be a part of everyday life like everyone else does.”

In conjunction with THINK DIFFERENTLY, Anderson Center for Autism has received a grant from Dutchess County for our Autism Supportive Environment program.  Through individualized consultations, Anderson Center Consulting will assist businesses in designing an environment that is supportive to the needs of individuals with autism and their families.  Our consultants will provide, as necessary:

  • Environmental Assessment: to identify environmental modifications and supports to promote a successful, enjoying visit to their business
  • Staff Training: to provide staff with an overview of ASD and general knowledge to enable them to better understand, serve, and support individuals with autism and their family members
  • Recommendations for Designing an Autism Supportive Environment: space planning, environmental design, organization, material management, visual supports to create an environment that is functional, safe, supportive, and provide an enjoyable experience for individuals on the spectrum and their families when visiting their business
  • Resources for obtaining recommended supports, if needed

After completing the program, each participating business will receive:

  • Autism Supportive Environment Certificate of Completion
  • Autism Supportive Environment decal for display in the business window
  • Continuous listings on our website, in marketing materials, and in our resource director

To learn more about becoming an Autism Supportive Environment, contact our Consulting Department at 845-889-9616 or AndersonConsulting@ACenterforAutism.org

The following businesses have partnered with us in becoming Autism Supportive Environments:

 

Allstate Insurance 

Allstate Insurance: Michele Cross
4260 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-6021

 As a Personal Financial Representative in Hyde Park, I know many local families. My knowledge and understanding of the people in this community help me provide customers with an outstanding level of service. I look forward to helping families like yours protect the things that are important – your family, home, car and more. I can also help you prepare a strategy to achieve your financial goals.
Bounce Hudson Valley, LLC 
Poughkeepsie, New York
(845) 206-4555
coppolas Coppola’s Ristorante
4167 Route 9
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-9113
 cosimos-poughkeepsie_logo Cosimo’s
120 Delafield Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 485-7172
 Cosimo’s offers a rustic yet sophisticated setting for you to enjoy a memorable dining experience.  There are five uniquely designed dining rooms each offering a different feel while staying true to the authentic Tuscan décor throughout.  Their wine cellar doubles as a private dining room and is regularly used to host private dinners and wine tastings.  During the warm months, outdoor dining is offered.
 Courtyard Marriott Courtyard Poughkeepsie by Marriott             
2641 South Road/Route 9
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 652-0165
Located in Poughkeepsie, Courtyard by Marriott Poughkeepsie is in a rural location, minutes from Locust Grove, and close to McCann Golf Course. This hotel is within close proximity of Springside National Historic Site and Casperkill Golf Club.
Dutchess County Legislature  Dutchess County Legislature
22 Market St.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 486-2100
Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services  Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services
60 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Voice (845) 486-3000
 Dutchess County SPCA Dutchess County SPCA
636 Violet Ave
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 452-7722
The Dutchess County SPCA is a private nonprofit organization serving the animals and community of Dutchess County since 1871.  As the third oldest animal welfare agency in the country, we envision a community in which there are caring, compassionate, respectful relationships between humans and animals, and that all adoptable animals have homes. We do this through our PAWS education programs for all ages, the humane law division which serves Dutchess County, the on site veterinary clinic, and our Adoption and Education Center.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum  Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum 
4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538

 

 giacomos-logo Giacomo’s
1 Spackenkill Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(Across From IBM)
(845) 462-5555
3434 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(Across From Marist)
(845)-452-5550942 RT 376, Suite 7
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (Summerlin Plaza)
(845) 223-61611097 RT 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(By Arlington High School)
(845) 471-5555
For more than a decade, Giacomo’s has provided the Hudson Valley with authentic and innovative Italian Cuisine.  The menu offers combinations, specialty pies, homemade recipes and the season’s freshest ingredients.  All locations offer delivery, pickup, and dine in.  Catering services are also available.
Helping Other People Everywhere, Inc.  Helping Other People Everywhere, Inc. 
PO Box 261
Beacon, NY 12508
(845) 240-5942
Located in Beacon, NY, H.O.P.E. is a professional organization offering a variety of in-home services throughout the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Westchester, Putnam, and Orange Counties).  Services offered include:  in home elderly care, child care, house sitting, pet sitting, house cleaning, and transportation to errands and appointments.
 Hyde Park Roller Magic, LLC  Hyde Park Roller Magic, LLC 
4178 Albany Post Road
PO Box 641
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-6666

Located in historic Hyde Park, NY, Hyde Park Roller Magic is your number one stop for good, wholesome family fun.

Our family-run facility hosts a wide variety of activities, including: roller skating, in-line skating, birthday party parties, holiday skate parties, dances, private parties, fund-raising events and corporate events. HPRM has all the latest in lighting, sound and our live DJ likes to mix up the floor every now and then with interactive skating games.

IES logo4A Integrated Enterprise Solutions Inc.
668 Dutchess Turnpike #201, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(845) 226-9983
 IES has been in business since 1998, and just the principals combined have over 55 years of experience in the IT industry. Think about how many years of experience IES has if that’s combined with the experience of our staff members. It’s like access to your own IT think tank! You’ll grow to love our staff and forget they aren’t part of your own, as they are technical experts able to break down and explain issues in terms you can understand.
 M&T Logo - Include on website M&T Bank
All Dutchess County locations
Amenia Branch, Beacon Branch, Dover Plains Branch, Fishkill Administration Building, Fishkill Main Street Branch, Hopewell Junction Branch, Jefferson Plaza Branch, Lagrange Branch, Millbrook Branch, Pawling Branch, Red Hook Branch, Rhinebeck Branch, and Wappingers Falls Branch.
M&T Bank has been committed to customers and community for more than 160 years. Founded on the principle of providing exceptional financial products and friendly, personalized service, M&T helps customers reach their financial goals with a full suite of bank accounts and lending solutions, including savings accounts, checking accounts, auto and home loans, and more.

MidHudson Regional Hospital – Home

MidHudson Regional Hospital – Home
241 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 483-5000
mid-hudson-childrens-museum-logo Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
75 North Water Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 471-0589
MHCM is the ONLY children’s museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany markets. In February 2016 MHCM opened The Science Center @ MHCM to advance early STEM education.  The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson’s Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and a new city park.
nps arrowhead National Park Service –         
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-9115
The first US Presidential Library was started by FDR here. Visit the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum to learn about the only President elected to four terms.
New Beginning Christian & Missionary Alliance Church  New Beginning Christian & Missionary Alliance Church 
35 DeGarmo Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(845) 454-2580
New Beginnings is a multi-ethnic congregation in Poughkeepsie, NY dedicated to being Christ’s people under Christ’s Word in Christ’s Spirit and on Christ’s mission. We are working towards being a spiritual home for seekers and believers, young and old, people with disabilities or traditionally-abled, of every tribe, language, people, and nation.
Poughkidsie Poughkidsie, LLC
50 Springside Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(845) 243-3750
Founded by a local family, Poughkidsie is an innovative and spirited space engaging children in interactive, imaginative, thoughtful, and creative play, and offering walk-in crafts and classes for both children and adults. Poughkidsie provides an interactive studio to cultivate creativity, offering activities, parties, and classes for all members of the family.
Poughkeepsie Public Library System Poughkeepsie Public Library System
Adriance Memorial Library
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 485-3445Boardman Road
Branch Library
141 Boardman Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(845) 485-3445
Red Hook Public Library Red Hook Public Library 
7444 S Broadway
Red Hook, NY 12571
(845) 758-3241
Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook since 1898. In 2013 and 2014, it was designated a five-star library by Library Journal. The library was chosen as a finalist for the Best Small Library in America award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in 2015.Red Hook Public Library’s vision is to create innovative opportunities that enrich the lives of Red Hook residents by providing information that inspires curiosity and leads to learning experiences for patrons of all ages.
Spins Bowl Poughkeepsie Spins Bowl Poughkeepsie
47 Taft Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(845) 471-1820
At SPINS BOWL we understand that our customers have a lot of choices on where to spend their free time.  That’s why we help create a memorable experience, combining bowling, great food, self serve craft beer, laser tag and the best redemption arcades in the area.  Whether you are coming to Spins Bowl with your family, co-workers, or friends, we strive to be that local place where you know you will have a terrific experience every time you visit.
The Crisis Stabilization Center of Dutchess County  The Crisis Stabilization Center of Dutchess County
230 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
united-methodist-church-of-hp-logo United Methodist Church of Hyde Park
1 Church Street
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-2114
United Methodist Church of Hyde Park has programs aimed at learning, fellowship, discipleship, missions, and many other areas, but these are simply a means of witnessing to a greater love and sacrificial commitment that we have to one another and our world.
Walkway over the Hudson Walkway over the Hudson
PO Box 889
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602
(845) 454-9649
Walkway Over the Hudson is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and improving Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, which spans the Hudson River between the Town of Lloyd (Ulster County) and the City of Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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