... as we celebrate 20 years transforming the national landscape of services for people with autism.
20 years of listening. 20 years of innovating. 20 years of empowering. 20 years of sharing.
From founding the first charter school in New York to exclusively serve children with autism, and the establishment of a professional training center with Hunter College to the creation of the renowned Center for Autism and the Developing Brain with New York-Presbyterian, Columbia and Cornell, NEXT for AUTISM has always been at the forefront of building programs that enhance the lives of people with autism and their families.
With the incidence of autism in children now at 1 in 36 and more than 5.4 million autistic adults in the U.S., our work is not just important, but vital. It also means that someone you know loves someone with autism.
Looking ahead, NEXT is laser focused on ensuring a bright future for autistic adults because we believe that we all deserve to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
Join us as we embark on the next 20 years of innovation and impact. Together we will expand our journey of listening, innovating, empowering, sharing and celebrating. Together we will build programs that meaningfully enhance the lives of autistic adults.
Together we will create what’s next for autism.
LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD
20 years is a significant milestone. It presents NEXT with a unique opportunity to reflect on our work, our community, and plan for what's next for autism.
We are only as good as the sum of our parts. When we listen and encourage dialogue, we collectively achieve the greatest results. Listening is what’s next for autism.
Innovative means more than simply ‘new’. At NEXT for AUTISM, we define innovation as challenging the status quo and finding creative ways to achieve our vision that every adult with autism is given the tools to thrive. Innovating is what’s next for autism.
It’s empowering to be included, be seen, and be accepted. NEXT links these keys attributes into our vision, our work model, and our programming. We want autistic adults to be empowered to participate fully in life. Empowering is what’s next for autism.
When we share, we learn and evolve. One of the few common elements of autism is that each person has a unique journey. NEXT welcomes diverse perspectives to. Sharing is what’s next for autism.
We celebrate our community. We celebrate you. We celebrate what makes us different and unique and what makes us the same. We celebrate 20 years of listening, innovating, empowering, and sharing. We celebrate what’s next for autism.
NEXT FOR DSP
NEXT for AUTISM has developed a professional development curriculum specifically for Direct Support Professionals, NEXT for DSP. The curriculum is a model grounded in best practices and developed especially for the most crucial members of the services delivery system--DSPs. The program provides professional support for DSPs while simultaneously creating an improved outcome for the people they work with.
NEXT FOR DEI
At NEXT for AUTISM, we believe work is essential to living a fulfilling and productive life. Autistic adults must have equal access to employment and career choices. To achieve our goals, we actively engage in workforce initiatives to improve career opportunities for adults on the spectrum. Our NEXT for DEI program provides resources to support businesses to be more inclusive to neurodivergent employees.
GRANTS & COMMUNITY
At NEXT for AUTISM, we believe that autistic voices should be at the center of creating solutions for the autism community. Lived experiences are a crucial component of meeting needs and driving services forward. In the 2022 cycle we awarded more than $1.3 million awarded to 42 organizations in 20 states; 16 grant awards went to autistic led or centered initiatives.
BE AN #AUTISMALLY
A financial gift to NEXT for AUTISM will support our mission to build programs that enhance the lives of autistic adults. Whether it's $5 or $500, a one-time donation or a recurring gift, your generosity will make an impact. Together, we will create what's next for autism. Thank you.
THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK
NEST New York founder Laura Slatkin created this collection in honor of her son David who is profoundly impacted by autism. Hiking outdoors is one of David’s favorite activities.
NEST New York is donating 5% of the purchase price from each Midnight Moss & Vetiver product sold from April 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023 to NEXT for AUTISM.