Autism Programs Near Albany, NY and the Capital Region

The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region runs a variety of programs out of our Community Resource Center. This is a hub for anyone in need to come talk to a professional or look through our resources. Please feel free to call our office for the best time to come in.

Our Offerings Include

Office Library

We provide books and other media, as well as a phone, photocopier, and computer available for use. Call our office at 518-355-2191 or email [email protected] to schedule a time to visit our library.

SenseAble Programs

We partner with businesses and organizations in our community to create sensory-friendly experiences and events, so individuals with autism can have fun and feel included. Contact us if you would like to work with us on creating your own autism-friendly event! Here are some of our most successful events:

  • SenseAble Science
    The Museum of Science and Innovation (miSci) offers a sensory friendly experience on the last Sunday of each month, in partnership with Schenectady ARC and the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region. The museum opens early for family members to bring a loved one with autism, and provide visual support and trained staff throughout the exhibits, as well as earplugs and a quiet space for anyone in need of a sensory break. Get more info about SenseAble Science
  • SenseAble Movies
    In collaboration with the Schenectady ARC, SenseAble movies provides a sensory accessible movie experience for those with Autism and other sensory needs. Lights stay on and sound is lowered, and there is the ability to vocalize and move freely in the theater without fear of being asked to leave. Get more info about SenseAble Movies
  • Structured Life Coaching
    In this new program specifically tailored for adults with autism, you can work with a coach to reach a goal and make changes in your life. Your coach will help you make an action-oriented plan and motivate you to keep up momentum, serving as both a strategist and an accountability platform. A coach can help you with achieving goals for independence, socializing, mental health, and more. Contact us if you think structured life coaching will help you succeed.

College Success Program

A collaborative effort of Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady ARC and the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region that assists students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to fully participate and thrive at the college. A College Support Coach provides a variety of supportive services that help students become better acquainted with and access various campus and community-based services, understand their course schedule, access academic support services, navigate confidently to classes and campus services and develop advocacy and awareness skills.

Club Spectacular

Provides community based recreational opportunities for teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program is designed for people who require minimal supports to actively explore the world around them. Club Spectacular is committed to helping teens and adults build friendships and develop a sense of belonging.

Bros UniteD

A partnership with the Theta Delta Chi fraternity at SUNY Albany to host activities for teenage boys with autism, and foster deep friendships.

Programs and Services by Age Range

All Ages (Family and Individual Support)

Children and Teens

  • SenseAble Science (Pre-School to High School)
  • SenseAble Swimming (Pre-School to High School)
  • SenseAble Movies (Pre-School to School-Age)
  • MineCraft Club (School-Age to High School)
  • Lego Club (School-Age to High School)
  • Club Spectacular (High School and Young Adults)

Adults

  • College Success Program (Young Adults)
  • Structured Life Coaching (Age 18-60+)
  • Adult Support Group (Age 18-60+)

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