The Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region runs a variety of programs in our Schenectady office and throughout the Capital Region.
Our Offerings Include
Gig Works is a groundbreaking employment initiative to match adults on the autism spectrum with jobs that suit their abilities. We partner with employers to place employees in full-time, part-time, and short-term positions. We also provide training and Human Resources services to help the adults we serve to navigate the workplace.
We offer SenseAble Programs in partnership with local businesses and organizations throughout the Greater Capital Region. We adapt the experiences they provide to be more sensory-friendly, and therefore more accessible to people on the autism spectrum and their families. This expands on our mission to create opportunities for individuals affected by autism to live fuller lives.
Staff members from the Autism Society meet with businesses and organizations to recommend modifications unique to each experience offered. These typically include allowances to make the environment less overstimulating, and opportunities for attendees to freely express themselves. We also provide training for staff to recognize and assist the needs of individuals at the event. One of our expert staff members is onsite for each event to provide assistance.
Contact us if you would like to work with us on creating your own sensory-friendly event! Here are some of our most successful events:
- SenseAble Science
This program was first developed in partnership with The Museum of Science and Innovation (miSci) in Schenectady, New York. They offer a sensory friendly experience throughout the museum on the last Sunday of each month. The museum opens early for family members to bring a loved one with autism, and miSci provides visual support and trained staff throughout the exhibits. SenseAble Science guests can enjoy miSci’s interactive exhibits, designated quiet space, and a special planetarium show.
- SenseAble Movies
We take the traditional movie theater experience and adapt it to be sensory-accessible for individuals with autism and other sensory needs. Lights stay on and sound is lowered inside the theater to make the movie more sensory-friendly. Audience members can vocalize and move freely in the theater without fear of being asked to leave. We currently partner with Bowtie Cinemas in Schenectady, New York, to host family-friendly SenseAble Movies approximately once a month.
- SenseAble Swimming
In partnership with local community pools, SenseAble Swimming offers a fun night for friends and family who need a sensory-friendly place to swim. The lifeguard and staff on site are trained by the Autism Society to be in tune with the unique needs of swimmers on the autism spectrum. Guests can enjoy swimming, board games, and other fun activities, and picnicking is encouraged. In the summer of 2019, we worked with the Waterford Town Pool to offer multiple nights of SenseAble Swimming.
- New! SenseAble Gaming
In partnership with Gaming Insomniacs, our Urban CoWorks neighbors, the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region is offering a brand new SenseAble Program. Designed for teens and tweens (ages 10-18), this is a Supported Social Opportunity. Console games will be available, and there will be Autism Society Staff onsite to offer support. Have a Nintendo Switch? Bring it along to play! Tabletop and card games are also welcome.
Structured Life Coaching
We specifically tailored this program for the unique needs of adults on the autism spectrum, whether they are in college, employed, or seeking employment. Individuals work one-on-one with a coach who helps them navigate adult life, reach their goals, and make positive life changes. Coaches provide a variety of supportive services, and help their mentees become acquainted with helpful resources and services in their community. Adults work one-on-one with their coach to develop an action-oriented plan, and the coach serves as both a strategist and an accountability platform. A coach can help with achieving goals for independence, socializing, mental health, and more.
Contact us if you think structured life coaching will help you succeed in achieving your goals.
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.
Programs and Services by Age Range
All Ages (Family and Individual Support)
- Information and Referral
- System Navigation
- Support: Group and Individual
- Education and Training
Children and Teens
- SenseAble Science (Pre-School to High School)
- SenseAble Swimming (Pre-School to High School)
- SenseAble Movies (Pre-School to School-Age)
- SenseAble Gaming (Ages 10-18)
- College Success Program (Young Adults)
- Structured Life Coaching (Age 18-60+)
- Adult Support Group (Age 18-60+)