Increasing Our Awareness & Understanding of Autism

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Community Outreach

Interested in learning more about Autism Speaks resources and initiatives? Seeking to raise awareness about autism within your school or community? Connect with the Community Outreach Team for info, tools, and events! Contact us:

Events in the Community

Town Halls bring together young adults and adults with autism, families, and service providers to examine needs, explore opportunities, and connect with available resources and expertise. This national series of events focuses on adult services, including transition, employment, housing and community living, and financial planning and features a panel discussion, resource fair, and networking opportunities.

Autism Speaks Tele-Learning Programs are virtual presentations for families, meant to provide information about Autism Speaks and the free resources available to individuals with autism and their families. These free programs will be held bi-monthly with two rotating topics – navigating an autism diagnosis and preparing for the transition to adulthood. Register for one today!

Our Community Meetings provide information about Autism Speaks and the resources available to you and your family. Join us to learn more about Autism Speaks’ mission, research, programs and services, and advocacy efforts locally and across the country.

Stay tuned for upcoming 2018 Events in your community! For more info, email

Autism Response Team

The Autism Response Team (ART) is specially trained to connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources.

Call us toll free at 1-888AUTISM2 (288-4762), en Español 1-888-772-9050 or email us at

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The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit for Newly Diagnosed Families of Young Children was created specifically for families of children ages 4 and under to make the best possible use of the 100 days following their child's diagnosis of autism.


The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit is a tool designed to help assist families of children between the ages of 5 and 13 recently diagnosed with autism during the critical period following an autism diagnosis.

Programs & Services in the Capital District of New York


Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region provides a variety of programs and services to support children and adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Need help?  contact form.

Information & Referral

We help families and professionals find information related to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our staff is here to help you find services, professionals, and information to help support anyone affected by autism. We provide Information and Referral services in the following ways:

Outreach & Awareness

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region has a strong commitment to promoting autism awareness and acceptance. You will find us out in the community sharing stories of the Autism Society’s work, and the challenges and joys of having autism and loving someone with autism.  We also raise awareness online through our website, newsletter, and social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest Check out our media kit and events page to see some of our outreach events.


The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region is frequently involved in advocacy campaigns, to ensure government support and protection for individuals with disabilities. We can also provide individual advocacy when needed.

Some of the recent campaigns we’ve supported include:

  • Be Fair to Direct Care – a campaign to ensure a livable wage for direct care workers, who serve some of New York State’s most vulnerable citizens. Many of these employees are paid through Medicaid, so it is critical that the state budget supports their jobs. In Spring 2017, the efforts proved successful, and an increase in funding was confirmed in the state budget.
  • Ignite 4 Autism – a campaign to protect Medicaid funding, which covers millions of Americans with disabilities, in national health care legislation.
  • Eastern New York Developmental Disability Advocates (ENYDDA) – an independent, all-volunteer organization comprised of Capital Region parents, family members and friends of disabled individuals. ENYDDA parents, families and friends advocate for our disabled family members, educating policymakers and the public on matters impacting the developmentally disabled, in order to enhance their lives and better protect their health, safety and well-being.

We have a Policy Committee that works on issues affecting New York State law, legislation and policies. Please contact our Executive Director, Janine Kruiswijk, if you would like to get involved.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities

State University of New York at Albany 1535 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203

518 442 2574

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Provides training and education for families and professionals that either live with or serve individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Provides information and referral for parents and families living in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.


Center for Spectrum Services

70 Kukuk Lane, Kingston, NY 12401


Contact Name: Jamey Wolff

Contact Email:

The Center for Spectrum Services is a non-profit agency providing a variety of resources for people on the autism spectrum including a day school for children ages 2-12 and a clinic which provides diagnostic and treatment services for people of all ages.


Parent to Parent of New York State

500 Balltown Road, Schenectady, NY 12304

(800) 305-8817

(518) 381-4350

Contact Name: Michele Juda

Contact Email:

Parent to Parent of NYS, which began in 1994, is a statewide not for profit organization established to support and connect families of individuals with special needs. The 13 offices, located throughout NYS, are staffed by Regional Coordinators, who are parents or close relatives of individuals with special needs. - See more at:




ABA Social Skills Groups for kids with ASD

These groups are for designed for high-functioning children on the Autism Spectrum but are open to any and all children who may benefit from additional social skills practice.   Many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and social communication disorders have difficulty making and maintaining friends.  These groups are meant to create a fun and safe place for your child to play, make friends, and gain social confidence.

Groups are led by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and will focus on the development of peer relations, age-typical play, social skills, and relationship development.  Groups will also include one typical peer role model.  Each child will be given an individual in-take assessment whereby their target social skills will be determined for the session.  Data will be taken during each session to monitor and measure your child’s progress with his/her targeted skills.  As target skills are mastered, new target skills will be added so that each child is continually growing in their ability to play, learn, and interact with peers. 

Target skills include (but are not limited to) greeting peers, introducing one's self, asking peers to play, accepting peer requests to play, engaging in age-appropriate play with peers for gradually extended periods of time, answering individual questions, answering group questions, eye contact, proper body posture when conversing, and maintaining a conversation on a specific topic.  Target skills will differ for each individual child in the group and will be based upon that child's individual in-take assessment.

All target skills will be addressed in a fun, safe, and structured setting.  The group will take part in group circle time, social activities, games such as Hide and Seek, Red Rover, board games, art, music, movement, guided peer play, and group projects.

A field trip is planned for the end of the session.  This outing will be determined based upon the interests and abilities of the group at that time.



• Age-Appropriate Play Skills

• Greater Social Understanding & Awareness

• Group Interaction

• Social Initiation and Responsiveness

• Group games that your child might encounter with peers at school or on the playground.


• Fun

• Lasting Friendships

• To create both the desire and the ability to interact with peers

• Self-Confidence

• Building a wide variety of new interests


Groups meet for one hour a week for a 8 week sessions.  If you and your child would like to re-enroll for the next session, a new in-take assessment will NOT be required. Groups are broken down into two age groups:  Ages 6-9 and ages 9-11.  


Groups will take place at Campbell House Psychological Associates

101 State St, Schenectady NY

7-11 year olds- Wednesdays 5:30-6:30

4-6 year olds- Thursdays 5:30-6:30


In-take assessment: $70 (1 hour- includes assessment and target skill development).

lasses: $320 for an 8 week session (includes continual data collection, target skill management, skill teaching, and progress reports)

*Fees are non-refundable.  Missed classes will not be refunded nor can they be made up at a later date.*

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More Mental Health Support Systems:

  • Albany County Mental Health Department

Mental health clinic in Albany, New York

260 S Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202

(518) 447-4555

  • NAMI New York State Albany & Rensselaer  

Non-profit organization in Albany, New York

105, 99 Pine Street, Albany, NY 12207

(518) 462-2000

  • Mental Health Empowerment Project

Mental health service in Albany County, New York

3 Atrium Dr #205, Albany, NY 12205

(518) 434-1393

  • Capital District Psychiatric Center  

Psychiatric hospital in Albany, New York

75 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208

(518) 549-6000

  • Capital Counseling  

650 Warren St #1, Albany, NY 12208

(518) 462-6531

  • Mental Health Association In NY State  

Mental health service in Albany, New York

194 Washington Ave #415, Albany, NY 12210

(518) 434-0439

  • Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

State government office in Albany, New York

44 Holland Ave, Albany, NY 12229

(800) 597-8481

  • Albany Behavioral Health Services  

Mental health service in Albany, New York

255 Orange St, Albany, NY 12210

(518) 729-2126

  • Albany County Department of MENTAL HEALTH

175 Green Street | Albany, NY 12202

Phone: (518) 447-4537 | Fax: (518) 447-4577

Psychiatric Crisis Services: (518) 549-6500


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