Anderson Center for Autism to Present Inaugural Resources for Autism & IDD Information Sharing EXPO in January
Just weeks after hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new location in Latham, New York, Anderson Center for Autism has announced that it will be hosting the Inaugural Resources for Autism & IDD Information Sharing EXPO.
The EXPO will be held from 2-6pm on January 24, 2023 at Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel (located at 660 Albany Shaker Road in Albany).
Myriad organizations and agencies focused on maximizing success for people with autism and other developmental disabilities are expected to be present at individual booths. Guests will have the chance to walk through and meet professionals whose services and programs might support their specific areas of interest and/or needs.
Said Patrick Paul, CEO/Executive Director of Anderson Center for Autism, “Having recently expanded our Anderson Center for Autism footprint to the Capital District, we want to ensure we do all we can to build awareness about all of the programs and services available for this population. Our mission at Anderson is to optimize the quality of life for people with autism - and that begins by cultivating a spirit of collaboration with others in our field. This event captures the belief that we can do more by working together.”
The Inaugural Resources for Autism & IDD Information Sharing EXPO will be free of charge and open to the public. In addition to Anderson Center for Autism, organizations like featured sponsor Bring on the Spectrum (who is organizing a sensory-friendly space onsite at the event), Capital Care Developmental Pediatrics, Center for Disability Services, and Double H Ranch will have booth space, among others.
Tracy Schober, MPA, Senior Admissions Administrator at Anderson Center for Autism, explained: “When we polled schools and other community organizations about their concerns and areas of interest, they identified the topics that our EXPO sponsors and participants, along with our team at Anderson, will be able to help address. We expect a full range of guests; whether you are a parent, provider, caregiver, teacher, educator, autistic individual or neurodiverse individual, an individual with intellectual and developmental disability, or prospective volunteer or donor, we believe that this event will leave you feeling more knowledgeable, connected, and inspired.”
She continued: “This event comes with several objectives: expanding the capacity of families and providers to find and access community resources, increasing awareness of service providers so that they can confidently inform the autism and IDD community of available options, building broader awareness of the roles of colleges and universities in this effort - both in service provision and education and training of future professionals, and ensuring that everyone knows that Anderson Center for Autism is here to provide services and to build a cohesive community that can benefit those impacted by autism and other neurodiversities.”
Anderson Center for Autism delivers evidence-based educational, vocational, and residential services to individuals and families impacted by autism at its Staatsburg location, and now offers programming at The Anderson Center Clinic and Anderson Early Learning Academy at 7 Century Hill Drive in Latham, NY. In addition, the organization is known for Anderson Center International, which trains fellows from all over the globe, Anderson Center Consulting, which provides behavioral and educational consultation to schools, businesses, first responders, and more, and Anderson Foundation for Autism, which raises funds to help carry forth Anderson’s mission.
Said Patrick Paul, CEO of Anderson Center for Autism, “With 1 in 44 people now diagnosed with autism, and a growing number who have other neurodiversities, we are focused on doing all we can for this population throughout the life cycle. Anderson now offers a continuum of services; families need to know that they are not on this journey alone. We are here to help.”
Schober added: “And we cannot emphasize it enough: community collaboration is key; that is what this EXPO is all about. It reflects our commitment to forging relationships with the many stakeholders in the Capital Region (and beyond) who can help us bring our mission to life. It is a great privilege for all of us to be part of such an important effort.”
EXPO sponsorships and booth space are available. For more information, visit: www.andersoncenterforautism.org/raise
About Anderson Center for Autism
Our mission at Anderson Center for Autism is to optimize the quality of life for people with autism.