NEW YORK, July 15, 2021 — NEXT for AUTISM, a national nonprofit committed to changing the
paradigm for how individuals with autism thrive throughout their adult lives, announces a newly formed
advisory board focused on providing critical feedback on the nonprofit’s work.
The Advisory Board, led by Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, SVP of Strategic Initiatives, is being consulted to help NEXT for AUTISM determine areas of support not currently in the programmatic portfolio, as well as evaluate the current work as it relates to opportunities for improvement and growth. The 13-member Advisory Board, comprised of autistic and neurotypical professionals, are weighing in on relevant topics directly affecting autistic adults and providing insight into how NEXT for AUTISM can best address concerns and help identify paths to solutions.
“The role of this Advisory Board is to ensure NEXT for AUTISM is truly meeting their slogan of “always
innovating” and more importantly listening to the voices of the real stakeholders,” said Andrew
Komarow, MSFS, CFP, CNP, Founder of Planning Across the Spectrum and NEXT for AUTISM, Advisory Board Member.
The Advisory Board’s first meeting was held in June, where they began evaluating the nonprofit’s work
and offered comprehensive feedback on the organization’s initiatives, partnerships, and strategies.
“NEXT for AUTISM is always challenging the status quo. Our Advisory Board challenges us and
contributes creative solutions,” said Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH. “These diverse perspectives will guide
our development of innovative content and meaningful offerings to build capacity, improve outcomes,
and enhance the lives and experiences of autistic individuals.”
The organization plans to continue to expand the Advisory Board on a rolling basis in an effort to stay at
the forefront of the ongoing needs of autistic individuals and to provide thought leadership and value to
the autism community.
“The perspectives from those on the Advisory Board are invaluable in achieving our mission, as
meaningful partnerships and community relationships remain key elements of NEXT for AUTISM’s work
and our goal of expanding the organization’s impact,” said Gillian Leek, CEO, NEXT for AUTISM. Learn
more about the new Advisory Board at https://www.nextforautism.org/about/advisory-board/
ABOUT NEXT FOR AUTISM:
NEXT for AUTISM transforms the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically
designing, launching, and supporting innovative programs. We believe that individuals with autism have
the potential to live fulfilling, productive lives when supported by excellent services and connected to
their communities. We continually ask, what’s next for people on the autism spectrum?