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Anderson Supportive Environment

Our Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM 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.

Over 50 businesses have become an Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM!



In conjunction with THINK DIFFERENTLY, Anderson Center for Autism has received a grant from Dutchess County for our Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM 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.

Through this program, 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 EnvironmentSM: space planning, environmental design, organization, material management, visual supports to create an environment that is functional, safe, supportive, and provides an enjoyable experience for individuals on the spectrum and their families when visiting their business
  • Resources for obtaining recommended supports, if needed

Businesses that fully complete the Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM  training component of the program will recieve:

  • Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM Certificate of Completion
  • Autism Supportive EnvironmentSM 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 EnvironmentSM, contact our Consulting Department at 845-889-9616 or AndersonConsulting@AndersonCares.org

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

Recreation and Entertainment
Bounce Hudson Valley, LLC
2 Neptune Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
(845) 206-4555
Indoor amusement center with multiple trampoline areas as well as dodgeball & basketball events.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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. 
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.)
Coppola's Ristorante
4167 Route 9
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 229-9113
It takes more than exquisite cooking to make a memorable meal. The Coppola Family believes an intimate atmosphere in the right location, personal and attentive service and great company are what separates a delicious dinner from an unforgettable experience.
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.
1 Spackenkill Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
(845) 462-5555
3434 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845)-452-5550942 RT 376, Suite 7
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(845) 223-61611097 RT 55
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
(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.
Courtyard Poughkeepsie by Marriott
2641 South Road/Route 9
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 652-0165
Located in Poughkeepsie, Courtyard by Marriott 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
Clinton Community Library
1215 Centre Road
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 266-5530
Clinton Library was founded in 1965 and provided service as a reading room until 2003 when it was granted a provisional charter status. The library is part of the Town Hall complex.
East Fishkill Community Library
348 Route 376
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
(845) 221-9943
Organized in 1938, the library is now in its third location in the town. With each move the library has acquired more materials and more users.
Grinnell Library
2642 East Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
(845) 297-3428
The mission of Grinnell Library is to provide free access to a variety of informational materials, library services and programs using its resources and those of the Mid-Hudson Library System, to meet the educational, cultural and recreational needs of the community.
Morton Memorial Library
Morton Memorial Library
82 Kelly Street
Rhinecliff, NY 12574
(845) 876-2903
Morton Memorial Library is known for its cozy atmosphere and eclectic library collection. The historic building houses a wonderful children's room with books, puzzles, beanbags, all graced by a mural painted by artists and Rhinecliff resident, Joseph Maresca.
NorthEast-Millerton Library
NorthEast-Millerton Library
75 Main Street
Millerton, NY 12546
(518) 789-3340
The library was founded in 1867 with a total of 326 books as the Millertron Reading Association. The library now houses approximately 27,000 items
Pawling Library
11 Broad Street
Pawling, NY 12564
(518) 855-3444
The library was founded in 1928, when it was located on the second floor of the Pawling Firehouse. Today, Pawling Free Library occupies two buildings; it's main building was renovated in 2002.
Pleasant Valley Free Library
1584 Main Street
Pleasant Valley, NY 12569
(845) 635-8360
The Pleasant Valley Free Library is a free association library opeating under the laws of the State of New York governing Free Libraries. The chief objective of the library is to provide the people of Pleasant Valley with an effective, friendly and responsive Free Library service of high quality.
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
The Poughkeepsie Library District is a special legislative district created to provide pubic library service to the residents of the City and Town of Poughkeepsie, New York.
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.
Staatsburg Library
Staatsburg Library
70 Old Post Road
Staatsburg, NY 12580
(845) 889-4683
The Staatsburg Library has been serving the community for man than 100 years. It was used as a Reading Room in 1891 and was granted its first charter by the state of New York in 1894.
Tivoli Library
86 Broadway
Tivoli, NY 12583
(845) 757-3771
The Tivoli Free Library provides quality programs and materials to the people of Tivoli, NY and the surrounding communities.
Places of Worship
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.



Odyssey(A ministry of Hopewell Reformed Church)
143 Beekman Road
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
(845) 221-9542
Our Beekman Road "campus" is historic, as our sancuary was built in 1833, and has a classical look. Odyssey is part of HRD, serving a community of people with special needs.
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.
Allstate Insurance: Michele Cross
4260 Albany Post Road
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.
Integrated Enterprise Solutions Inc.
668 Dutchess Turnpike #210
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.
Indoor Organic Gardens of Poughkeepsie
Indoor Organic Gardens of Poughkeepsie
316 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 790-8075
Currently being developed on Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, NY - utilizing unoccupied building space, employing veterans and youth who are challenged to find work given their skills & providing fresh, nutritionally rich, local grown produce for restaurants, retail stores, schools, hospitals & more.
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.
T&T Karate
T&T Karate
870 Violet Avenue #1
Hyde Park, NY 12538
(845) 233-5731
Proud members of the Pan-Am Tang Soo Do Federation, a world-wide organization, we teach the traditional Korean martial art Tang Soo Do. We are a blend of discipline and compassion, while we strengthen your body we will strengthen your mind and your spirit as well.
The Crisis Stabilization Center of Dutchess County 
The Crisis Stabilization Center of Dutchess County
230 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 485-9700
A walk-in facility located at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie for people feeling overwhelmed by mental health, substance abuse or other life issues.
Dutchess County SPCA
636 Violet Avenue
Hyde Park, NY 12580
(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 sit veterinary clinic, and our Adoption and Education Center
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.
Dutchess County Offices
Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services
Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services
60 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 486-3000
To meet the needs of the County's vulnerable population, as provided by social services law, in a courteous, fair and efficient manner with the aim of restoring each beneficiary to maximum independence.
Dutchess County Department of Human Resources
Dutchess County Department of Human Resources
22 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 486-2169
We strive to provide a full range of human resource management services for Dutchess County departments and employees.
Dutchess County Legislature
Dutchess County Legislature
22 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 486-2100
The Clerk of the Legislature and the staff serve as the administrative arm of the County Legislature and are the official link to all other departments in the County and the constituency at large.