Autism facility wins business excellence award

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Staatsburg, NY – A local social services nonprofit organization has been presented with a business excellence award.

The Anderson Center is an unlikely winner of an award that is sponsored by the Duchess County Economic Development Corp. However officials cite the organization’s dramatic growth as its reason for granting the group the top honour.

The center is a school for students on the autism spectrum that also provides living accommodations and consultation services for area families who have been impacted by the disorder.

The 90 year old institution currently employs 800 staff members and has a 52 million dollar operational budget. However up until 2001, the facility had only 300 employees and significantly less investments fueling its operations.

Today, the school has undergone significant renovations and now features improved technology and facilities for consulting, residences and various services.

Calling the changes “breathtaking” , CEO Neil Pollack asserts that their objective was to make the school comfortable for those who both attend its classes and reside there. Pollack asserts

“We wanted houses that look like houses. We wanted to reflect this being a home for individuals. “

The nomination was made by Eric Gorman, an executive at a local technological firm who admired the organization’s work and now sits on its board of directors.

The original article by Craig Wolf on the Poughkeepsie Journal website can be read here

The Anderson Centre for Autism website can be found here