NEXT for AUTISM FELLOWS is a new national scholarship program for students and professionals interested in working with neurodivergent adults November 15, 2023 (New York, NY)—NEXT for AUTISM (NEXT), a leading nonprofit dedicated to transforming the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative initiatives, has proudly awarded […]
A NEXT for AUTISM Grantee Spotlight 2022 NEXT for AUTISM Color the Spectrum Grantee: B3 Coffee Organization Type: Austistic-Led Grant Category: Work WHO THEY ARE B3 Coffee started as a nonprofit pop-up coffee shop that provides positive visibility and community connection for adults with and without neurodevelopmental disabilities. Today they have a permanent location in […]
Tickets On-Sale on Friday, October 27 for the Return of Night of Too Many Stars — NEXT for AUTISM’s Live Comedy Concert on Monday, December 11, 2023 at the Beacon Theatre in New York October 25, 2023 (New York, NY)—NEXT for AUTISM (NEXT), the leading nonprofit dedicated to building national programs that enhance the lives […]
NEXT for AUTISM Announces 2023 Color the Spectrum Autistic-Led Grant Recipients October 3, 2023 (New York, NY)–NEXT for AUTISM, the leading nonprofit dedicated to transforming the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative initiatives, announces its 2023 Color the Spectrum grant award recipients. This year, NEXT awarded […]
The National Golf Buyers Association (NGBA), aka Golf Headquarters Group, is proud to announce a collaboration with Callaway Golf designed and intended to support NEXT for AUTISM June 26, 2023 (New York, NY)—The NGBA committee worked closely with Callaway designers to produce a series of products that launched to the consumer in April 2023. A […]
Jen Clark, Ph.D., Christopher “CJ” Wallace, and David Schwartzbaum Join NEXT for AUTISM’s Mission to Create National Programs That Enhance the Lives of Autistic Adults June 13, 2023 [New York, NY]—NEXT for AUTISM (NEXT), the leading nonprofit dedicated to transforming the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting […]
Psychology Today May 16, 2023 Claire Jack Ph.D. Recently, I was on a panel that included employers, autistic care professionals, and a psychologist discussing neurodiversity in the workplace. One of the questions I addressed concerned the measures employers can put into place to help autistic employees. Here are some of the measures my fellow […]
NEXT for AUTISM FELLOWS scholarship program, in partnership with Scholarship America, looks to provide financial support for students as well as encourage professionals working with autistic and neurodivergent adults. May 15, 2023 (New York, NY)–NEXT for AUTISM (NEXT), the leading nonprofit dedicated to transforming the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically […]
Sunday, April 2, 2023 It’s World Autism Awareness Day and the beginning of #AutismAcceptanceMonth. This year, the team at NEXT for AUTISM is celebrating our 20th anniversary. We are reflecting on 20 years of listening, innovating, empowering, and sharing. Driven by our deep belief that individuals with autism deserve to live fulfilling and productive lives, NEXT has two decades […]
Harvard Business Review February 16, 2022 by Michael Bernick Employers large and small are beginning to face a major demographic shift: the sharp increase in the neurodiverse workforce, made up of workers with autism, ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette’s syndrome, and other learning and mental health differences. Particularly, the number of people with autism entering the workforce in […]
NEXT for AUTISM Now Accepting 2023 Color the Spectrum Community Grants Applications The NEXT for AUTISM 2023 Color the Spectrum (CTS) Community Grants Applications cycle is officially open for submissions, as of today, March 6, 2023. This will championing autistic led or centered initiatives only. Eligibility for the 2023 CTS grants cycle is based on […]
NEXT for AUTISM, the leading nonprofit dedicated to transforming the national landscape of services for people with autism by strategically designing, launching, and supporting innovative initiatives, announces more than $1.3 million awarded to 42 organizations in 20 states. 16 grant awards went to autistic led or centered initiatives. The 2022 Color The Spectrum Community grants […]
On February 12, 2023 Lindsay Valenti will take on a marathon endeavor, running the Publix Florida Marathon. In addition to the hours of training and marathon prep, she is fundraising to support NEXT for AUTISM as part of her journey. Lindsay is motivated to run the marathon to benefit NEXT for AUTISM, to support her […]
By Brad Walker, Vice-President, Strategic Adult Initiative at NEXT for AUTISM and Shelly May, Deputy Director, Johnson County Developmental Supports/Board President – InterHab Autistic and intellectually developmentally disabled (IDD) adults desperately need quality community-based professional support. Close to 200,000 autistic individuals are waiting for access to a safe home and professionally developed DSPs, where they […]
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Autism employment statistics continue to be of concern. Many autistic adults are underemployed or have difficulty securing employment. Mentorship is one method to promote employment. A tried-and-true practice of building a professional community and career advancement, mentorship’s main premise is that a mentee learns from a mentor who has more knowledge, skills, and abilities, and […]
Dr. Peter Gerhardt, a champion of the need for effective services for autistic adults for decades, participated in an interview for this month’s Connecting the Dots blog, a blog hosted by ABAI with a goal to disseminate behavioral science to a broader audience. Dr. Gerhardt is also a member of NEXT for AUTISM’s Advisory Board. […]
Brad Walker, VP, Strategic Adult Initiatives, NEXT for AUTISM More than 4.5 million people have chosen to work professionally in the role of a direct support professional (DSP). DSPs are the individuals providing daily support to 1.4 million people with intellectual developmental disabilities and autism across the country (Report to the President, 2017). The DSP […]
Mari Cerda, an amazing human who is working across multiple channels to improve the field of behavior analysis, participated in an interview for this month’s Connecting the Dots blog. A blog I am the editor for that looks to disseminate behavioral science on autism to a broader audience and showcase interesting autism topics and how […]
The number one question autistic job seekers and their allies ask me is how to find out if a company is inclusive and welcoming to employees on the spectrum. A few strategies to help determine a company’s inclusive culture include: 1. Do a web search with the following keywords, “company name and autism.” Does anything […]
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, […]
NEW YORK, June 16, 2021 — NEXT for AUTISM announces its new partnership with The Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to making impactful change by funding innovative solutions and programs that serve the common good. With a $300,000 grant, the Bhatia Family Foundation is helping NEXT for AUTISM launch the first […]
NEW YORK, NY, July, 3, 2021 – NEXT for AUTISM, a leading nonprofit organization supporting the needs of autistic people and their families across the country, today announced $25,000 Color the Spectrum Community Grants. Funded by the proceeds from NEXT for AUTISM’s Color the Spectrum, a livestream fundraising event held earlier this year to provide […]
To disclose or not to? It’s a question autistic people must grapple with, especially in the workplace. Should you share that you are on the spectrum with your employer and colleagues? For many, there is an all-too-real fear of the potential repercussions to this decision to be open. How will my peers treat me? Will […]
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NEXT for AUTISM is honored and grateful to partner in the upcoming #ColorTheSpectrum benefit. Since the benefit was announced, there have been some outrageous misinformation circulating about NEXT for AUTISM – its mission, methods, and partners. Eighteen years ago, NEXT for AUTISM was founded with the distinct purpose of providing supports and services for autistic […]
Organizational and Individual Change: The Road to Inclusion By: Brad Walker and John Bryson, MS Ed, CESP As featured on Autism Spectrum News People with disabilities face many documented barriers to full inclusion in society. According to Article 3 of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, one of the primary […]
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April 2, 2021 This last year has been a remarkable and challenging year for everyone. We have all experienced incalculable loss — of life, of opportunity, and of our daily patterns of living. For the community NEXT for AUTISM proudly serves, the isolation brought on by COVID-19 restrictions has only magnified the many disparities that […]
March is Women’s History Month, and to celebrate and acknowledge the women in our community, we have been sharing facts about women and autism throughout the month. Did you know? Autism is 4 times more common in boys than girls, and women are diagnosed with autism later in life and less frequently than men. There […]
Did you know there are 5.4 million adults living with autism in the United States? While the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been collecting data and releasing information about the prevalence of autism in children for decades, 2020 marks the first time the CDC has reported on adults. If the past is prelude, availability […]
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By John Bryson, MS Ed, CESP Sr. Manager of Employment NEXT for AUTISM Two of the most frequently asked employment questions we receive at NEXT for AUTISM are: “Should I disclose my disability to a current or potential employer?” “What is the best way to disclose a disability to a current or potential employer?” Whether […]
NEW YORK, November 9 – The Fragrance Foundation (TFF) and its GIVE BACK partner NEXT for AUTISM are teaming up with AARMY for the second annual fitness fundraiser. The event will take place virtually on December 8, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST live on ZOOM, which will have a huge turnout nationwide. “We are proud […]
To honor the 75th National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this year, NEXT for AUTISM will host a discussion with representatives from Freddie Mac, Cintas, JPMorgan Chase and WhiteFox Defense about their disability employment initiatives. These Fortune 500 companies and technology company have committed […]
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That’s What Friends Are For – Friendship and ASD By Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH, Sr. VP of Program Development, NEXT for AUTISM How often have we all said or heard this simple statement? When a friend listens to our heartache, when they laugh uproariously about an incident shared in the past, when they make a […]
Community Heroes Shepherd’s Way By now, we’ve heard stories about individuals stepping up to support their communities during the pandemic, but this one is special. At Shepherd’s Way, a shared living program in Wichita, Kansas, the community heroes are adults with autism, who during the quarantine are so committed to their community that they’ve returned […]
Freddie Mac’s Neurodiversity Hiring Commitment NEXT for AUTISM’s employment consulting client Freddie Mac has been at the forefront of neurodiversity hiring. Within five years of operating their Autism Internship Program, the company hired 9 out of 18 interns. Now Freddie Mac has rebranded and transitioned their program to a full-time model to establish a permanent […]
Neurodiversity Hiring – A Driving Force at Cintas By: Randy Siegel Working with NEXT for AUTISM’s employment consulting practice, Cintas has solidified its leadership in neurodiversity hiring within the commercial services industry. It operates nearly 500 facilities in North America, manufacturing and distributing corporate identity uniforms, mats, restroom supplies, and safety protection products to over […]
Dear Friend, At the onset of the COVID-19 health crisis, NEXT for AUTSM pivoted quickly and launched a Relief Fund to address the immediate needs of individuals and families living with autism across various states. We wanted to ease the disruption and pain points felt in our community. Your overwhelming response enabled the Relief Fund […]
Congratulations, Class of 2020! We’re so proud of the interns from the Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement employment program who celebrated graduation on June 23rd on Zoom. This was a particularly challenging year with interruptions due to the pandemic, yet the interns adjusted and finished strong under the steadfast guidance of the program team. The growth […]
What About the New Data on Adults with ASD? By Patricia Wright, PhD, MPH In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its first study on the prevalence of autism in adults, which estimated that 5.4 million adults in the U.S. are living with autism. Although an estimate, this number is the […]
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By Lauren Steinbacher, Director, Corporate Employment, NEXT for AUTISM The business world has undergone dramatic shifts due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Companies have contracted or shut down, some for good. Thirty-three million people filed for unemployment in the first seven weeks of this crisis. By most indicators, the world economy is experiencing extensive retrenchment. […]
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By Patricia Wright, MPH, Senior VP Program Development, NEXT for AUTISM COVID-19 social distancing has caused all of us to redefine what it means to be social and it has not been comfortable. An act as natural as socializing is now weighted with complex calculations. We now have to navigate social rules that feel unfamiliar […]
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In our work with companies to create sustainable and scalable talent acquisition programs for individuals with disabilities, we field questions about accommodations that expose a persistent lack of clarity. Here is a quick FAQ to help answer some of those questions. How do I know when to provide an accommodation? The employee will request an […]
SUPPORTING ADULTS IN MEDICAL SITUATIONS By Brad Walker, V.P., Community Living Supports Families with adult children on the spectrum face an additional layer of concern during the COVID-19 crisis. How should they prepare for medical emergencies for their adult children, many of whom may not be able to effectively advocate for themselves? What supports can […]
By Michael John Carley, Autism Self-Advocate & NEXT for AUTISM Board Member There was tempered joy upon seeing my 23-year-old, who is also on the spectrum, exit the station. On one hand, C.C. was with us, his family, to ride out the coronavirus in less-impacted Wisconsin, joining Kathryn, myself, and his 14-year old brother. We […]
By: John Bryson, MS Ed, CESP | Senior Manager, Corporate Consulting BEFORE THE MEETING Prepare Environment Choose a quiet place with good lighting for your online meeting. Do not sit with your back to a window, and make sure there is light on your face. If possible, avoid places with background noises such as TVs […]
In 2018, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City created an innovative musical, designed just for children with autism and their families. Up and Away was a sold-out event in which each child became part of the story and journeyed through the set with actors trained on the sensitivities and challenges of […]
Working from home presents challenges that can be overcome with structure and scheduling. NEXT for AUTISM, using evidence-based practice, suggests the following tips for all employees, especially those with autism. Establish a Routine Start and stop at the same time every day Dress according to your company’s dress code Set up a regular work area […]
ADJUSTING TO THE NEW NORMAL Like everyone else, the team at Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement (PSAE) had to respond rapidly to the forced shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis – and they did, achieving a smooth transfer to remote learning for each intern and resuming the program’s regular schedule, five days a week. While […]
For employees who are neurodiverse, the current state of uncertainty can be amplified by their social and communication challenges. NEXT for AUTISM offers these strategies to managers and colleagues, as well as the general public, who can play a role in helping people with special needs during this time. How to Communicate With Your Employee […]
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Courtesy of The Arc By Brad Walker, V.P., Community Living Supports A recent, national report by The Arc confirmed that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including those with autism, prefer to live in community-based settings. Community living, according to the report, is not only more cost effective, it also leads to positive outcomes in […]
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Banding Together, a Night of Too Many Stars grantee, offers music therapy to hundreds of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities each year in San Diego County, California. Everyone gets a chance to play in these music sessions, while also learning skills such as expressing emotions, connecting with others, and socializing. What’s more, there are […]
By Patricia Wright, Ph.D., MPH, and SVP Program Development The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued an updated clinical report on autism, its first in twelve years. The recommendations in “Identification, Evaluation and Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” were notable for promoting early diagnosis and intervention and greater attention to adolescence and […]
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https://nextforautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/id-check-v2-600×338.jpg A guest blog by The Arc of Northern Virginia, a Night of Too Many Stars Grantee Every parent worries about their children’s safety, especially when the children are out in public. But parents of young adults with autism can live with heightened levels of concern. A casual excursion can easily turn into a traumatic […]
Brad Walker, VP of Community Living Supports, trains and consults with staff at NEXT for NEIGHBORS, our community living program currently in development. The program will employ the Professional Family Teaching Model, which emphasizes family-style living in a supportive, teaching environment for adults with autism. To honor National Caregivers Month, Brad celebrates two, exemplary professional […]
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https://nextforautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Arts-Ed-Resize-300×300.png Museum outings are popular family affairs — meaningful activities that everyone can enjoy which are also educational. One challenge? The sensory stimuli can be overwhelming to some children, and even more so for some children with autism. Now, three museums across the country are doing something about it. Educators from the Kansas Children’s Discovery […]
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https://nextforautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Copy-of-The-Case-for-Meaningful-Work-600×428.png by John Bryson, M.S.E, Sr. Manager, Corporate Employment Consulting, NEXT for AUTISM I’m often asked why I work in disability employment helping young people with autism and other disabilities prepare for and find meaningful work. My answer is always the same. I’m motivated by a case that lit a fire in me. Its senselessness […]
The “autismspectrumnews” released this article on 10/04/2019. See the original article here.
https://nextforautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Screen-Shot-2019-09-03-at-4.49.42-PM-600×399.png By: Alison Bush, M.S., BCBA Meet Shannon. She’s one of two women who graduated in 2019 from our Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement internship and employment program or PSAE. Shannon was driven to land a meaningful job after the hard work that she’d put into the training program, and she did. She’s thrilled to be […]
On a recent afternoon, representatives from Queens Public School 219 brightened our day with an uplifting story about their school’s campaign to celebrate diverse abilities, “Embracing the Amazing.” The K-8 school in Flushing, Queens enrolls 700 students, twenty-seven percent of whom are on the autism spectrum. During the month-long celebration, children in the lower school […]
https://nextforautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ed-kevin-leo-2-600×358.jpg Three years ago on Father’s Day, we introduced our readers to Ed Tournu and Kevin Donohue, two Long Island dads who had adopted a boy with autism. Though they had only intended to foster 13 year-old Leo at the time, until a permanent home could be found, the dads fell in love with Leo […]
On a recent spring day, Shannon and Jack, two interns from the Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement employment training program, were spotted at an information table, greeting passersby on NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Westchester campus. They wanted to raise awareness about their program and the importance of work for people with autism. With the high rate of unemployment […]
Mothers and daughters have connected over food for generations, but that wasn’t the reason that Arlene Maidman took her daughter, Julia, to cooking lessons four years ago. Family friends had gifted the lessons to Julia for her sweet 16, and Arlene just went along. But what she saw in Julia that afternoon changed both of […]
The “a2aalliance” released this article on 05/05/2019. See the original article here.
https://nextforautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Satya-and-Son-e1556742652157.jpg Satya, jewelry designer and the owner of Satya Jewelry, approached NEXT for AUTISM to partner on the launch of The Beautiful You Collection, which she had designed to honor the individuality and gifts of those on the autism spectrum. Satya is committed to celebrating our community and has pledged to donate a portion of […]
https://nextforautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Pic1.jpg This remarkable 16-year-old high-school student, Shreya Suneja, became involved with autism causes when her younger cousin was diagnosed. She shares her story with us, hoping to inspire other young people towards greater acceptance of individuals with autism. Walking through the hallways of my high school, one thing has become very clear to me: we […]
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The personal challenges and systemic barriers faced by adults with autism and their families are, indeed, as profound as outlined in The Atlantic article below. Life for adults with autism can be devoid of opportunity and hope. For parents, navigating a confusing system of support and facing an uncertain future are sources of unrelenting anguish, […]
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What’s Next for Autism? Meet Tamar, a recent graduate of our employment training program, as she embarks on a hopeful start at her first job. Laura Slatkin and Ilene Lainer provide impassioned interviews on NEXT for AUTISM’s vision for programs that support young adults like Tamar. Dr. Jeremy Veenstra-Vanderweele of the Center for Autism and […]
Andrew Feldman, a junior at Lawrence Woodmere Academy in Woodmere, will become the first teenager to lead a Broadway production on Jan. 30, when he plays the title role in “Dear Evan Hansen,” which won six Tony Awards in 2017. The play follows a high school senior with social anxiety and currently stars Taylor Trensch […]
Good Work That’s Good For Business Photo courtesy of CINTAS Corporation In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October 2018, we offer this story about the progress corporations are making to diversify the workforce and include people with autism and other developmental disabilities. With the expertise of disability consultants at ADVICE, and support […]
The “nextfas” released this article on 10/04/2018. See the original article here.
Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement Graduation 2018! As the 2019 class of employment training interns begins this fall at Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement, we thought everyone would enjoy this video of the previous year’s graduation. Note the pride as these graduates share their accomplishments. We, too, are proud. 9 Interns, 9 Graduates, 9 Jobs. Here’s to […]
The “Grit & Soul” released this article on 08/30/2018. See the original article here.
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How To Stay In Touch With A Sibling With Autism From Afar Andrea Bennett, OTD, OTR/L, Manager of Program Development at NEXT for AUTISM, shares tips from her experience as a sib. For any sibling, leaving home for college, work, or a new life can be a challenging adjustment that is layered with emotions. This […]
It’s hard to believe that it has been five years since the launch of Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, a comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and research clinic for individuals with autism of all ages and their families. CADB, as we call it, was created by NEXT for AUTISM in partnership with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and […]
June is the month to celebrate graduates and honor fathers. This month, NEXT for AUTISM is celebrating a group of bright, young adults who are graduating from our Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement employment training program at NY-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains. After ten months of job skills training and internships, our graduates are setting off […]
Launching a child into adulthood is, by all standards of motherhood, an endeavor of balance. It requires both faith in your child’s ability to be independent and confidence that she will circle back to you for support and love. For a mother of a child with autism, gaining interdependence with your child can be elusive, […]
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As Autism Awareness Month draws to a close, we at NEXT for AUTISM would like to highlight a key focus of our work – advancing the future for adults with autism by creating more opportunities for them. Our work addresses every life stage of individuals with autism and their families, so designing and building model […]
Guest Blog Post by Keedra Cotton, Pre-Analytical Supervisor at Quest Diagnostics in Tucker, GA. What I Learned From Managing People With Autism Spectrum Disorder Jordan dreamed of finding a career that would allow her to excel using her skills and talents. Though her dream is one that she shares with many, Jordan is a person […]
The 2nd Annual NEXT for AUTISM Power Pedal event taking place this April 29th is a special gathering of friends and loved ones from diverse corners of our community. Teachers, coaches, therapists, doctors, lawyers, colleagues, aunts, siblings and even young people on the autism spectrum have committed to the one-hour, indoor ride. All are helping to raise […]
The “nextfas” released this article on 04/02/2018. See the original article here.
Golf may not be what first comes to mind when thinking about therapeutic interventions for young people with autism, but as taught by the Els Center of Excellence at the Els for Autism Foundation in Florida, it has turned out to be a winning choice. The Els for Autism Foundation, started by South African world […]
Mental Health News Education, Inc. (MHNE), the nonprofit organization that publishes Autism Spectrum News and Behavioral Health News, will be honoring outstanding champions of the autism and behavioral health community at its annual Leadership Awards Reception on May 16, 2018, at the NYU Kimmel Center in NYC from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. To register, […]
NEXT for AUTISM had the proud pleasure of celebrating the opening of the second NYC Autism Charter School in the Bronx this fall. NEXT for AUTISM had the proud pleasure of celebrating the opening of the second NYC Autism Charter School in the Bronx this fall. Like the first autism charter school in Harlem, founded by […]
The New York City Autism Charter school is, by its very existence, challenging the was both the city’s charter and district schools educate students with profound special needs… Read more
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“I’m turning here; I’m making a left turn. I have to cross this lane of traffic. I’m watching those cars,” she says. “See those people? That car is breaking. That’s what it means.” Lai doesn’t know if her son will ever drive. But she does know that his autism means her son has to be […]
Today it’s my honor to introduce you to Christine Lai, an awesome woman who also happens to be the parent of a child with autism. Christine is open, honest, and incredibly brave, never shying away from the challenging work of advocating for her son and others facing autism. Many of us have been touched by […]
We first worked with Spectrum Designs, the maker of customized apparel, totes and hats made by young people with autism in 2012. A small company with a big heart and expansive ambitions, Spectrum Designs is a success story still unfolding. Beyond producing merchandise for regional and autism-specific organizations, the firm recently signed with national and global […]
The “nextfas” released this article on 09/06/2017. See the original article here.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Quynh Thai, email@example.com (212)759-3775 A new charter school dedicated exclusively to students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will open on Thursday, September 7th, in Bronx, New York. This is the second school under the umbrella of NYC Autism Charter Schools. The first school opened in East Harlem in 2005. The NYC Autism Charter School […]
Graduates of our Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism (PSCA) high school, transition-to-employment training program gathered at the NewYork-Presbyterian Center for Autism and the Developing Brain for a lively reunion last month with classmates, teachers and job coaches. Parents and employers also attended, underscoring the warmth and community cohesion that very much reflects NEXT for AUTISM’s […]
As a young woman growing up in New Jersey, I would not have imagined that in my 50s, I’d be President of NEXT for AUTISM, a non-profit organization focused on building and supporting innovative programs for people with autism. Instead, I dreamed of traveling the world, starting a great family and finding myself surrounded by […]
The “nextfas” released this article on 05/27/2017. See the original article here.
Every parent can relate to the helplessness that Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz felt as they watched their young son lose himself in a tantrum at the beach one day. But not every parent would have arrived at their impromptu solution, which was to toss their son into the ocean to disrupt his internal storm and […]
By Liane Kupferberg Carter Before I became a mother, I harbored Hallmark fantasies about Mother’s Day. Here’s what I pictured: my children would make me burnt toast and runny eggs, serve it to me on a bed tray, and ply me with homemade cards, macaroni shell necklaces, and wild flowers they’d picked themselves. We’d spend […]
In an effort to gain a deeper understanding of NYCA’s work, our NEXT Gen board of directors recently spent time with children and teen mentors at the Jewish Community Center Manhattan’s BOOST! After School Program, one of NYCA’s first and banner initiatives. Ilene Lainer, NYCA’s President, and Allison Kleinman, Director of the Jack and Shirley Silver […]
Autism Speaks, New York Collaborates for Autism and Poses Family Foundation expand ADVICE to hire, train and retain employees on the spectrum From: AUTISM SPEAKS Aurelia Grayson 646-385-8531(o)646-740-1335 © firstname.lastname@example.org NEW YORK (January 9, 2017) – To enable adults with autism to work and live as independently as possible, Autism Speaks, New York Collaborates for […]
NEW YORK (January 9, 2017) – To enable adults with autism to work and live as independently as possible, Autism Speaks, New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA) and the Poses Family Foundation are expanding an innovative program to hire, train and retain employees on the autism spectrum. The partnership and the initiative, called Autism & Disability Visual […]
2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us on the new, Next Gen board. We formed early last year and by summer, had gotten to know each other and gain a greater understanding of the excellent work that NYCA does. Each of us has been impacted by autism, either directly through siblings […]
Last year in fourth grade, Wesley Elkind had a brainstorm with his drawing teacher and mom. He wanted to work on an art-related project, but wasn’t quite sure what subject to choose. His teacher suggested that Wesley consider working on an issue that is personal to him, like autism. With an older brother on the […]
Through Night of Too Many Stars, NEXT for AUTISM proudly funds grantees whose programs improve the lives of people with ASD across the country. When we have the opportunity to pair two grantees, thereby enhancing each program, we feel even greater satisfaction. Not only does each grantee benefit from the collaboration, the field of autism services […]
In memory of Dr. Irwin Smigel, a champion of NYCA. We send warm thoughts to Robert, Michelle, Bellanca and the entire Smigel family. New York Times Obituary October 17, 2016
Andrew Feldman has done it again! We were thrilled last year when Andrew and friends staged a tribute to the Beatles for their Second Annual Cabaret to Benefit Autism to raise funds for NYCA. This year, the 14-year-old director, writer and star produced a rollicking, action-filled musical based on the movie Star Wars and in […]
NYCA is thrilled to partner with SundanceTV to promote this groundbreaking television series about a family’s struggle with autism. At the series premiere in New York, David Remnick, NYCA board member and editor of The New Yorker, moderated a lively panel that featured Peter Bowker, the series writer, Ilene Lainer, NYCA’s president, and Eli Gottlieb, […]
Click here to view video: https://youtu.be/D0I_q_WeFSA NYCA recently hosted a screening of Life, Animated, an award-winning documentary film based on the book, Life, Animated: a Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, by Ron Suskind. A panel discussion followed, moderated by David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine and NYCA board member, and featuring Ilene […]
Pictured above: Edwin (left), Leo (center) and Kevin (right). When Ed Tournu’s leg was amputated due to a medical condition, he felt that his life was over. “I thought I was going to sit in a wheel chair all day and do nothing,” he recalled. Eight years later, Ed has worn out three prosthetic legs. […]
In Honor of All Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Month Pictured above: Mildred and her son, Jan Luis When six-year-old Jan Luis started at the NYC Autism Charter School (NYCACS), he quickly became attached to his teacher Chelsey, so much so that when dismissal came around each day, he would throw himself onto the ground, refusing […]
By: Michelle Smigel Before I had a baby, I would look at other moms with their kids and think to myself, Wow, I’m going to be different. I’m gonna be the cool mom. The mom all the kids love and will want to play with forever. When my son, Daniel, was born 18 years ago, […]
During Autism Awareness Month, we have been celebrating people on the autism spectrum and their friendships with this series of heartwarming photos. Thank you for celebrating with us! #NYCACommunityConnections Photo credit: Eric Vitale Photography
Only a few weeks left in April! NYCA is celebrating people on the autism spectrum and the communities that embrace them. Join us by sharing our posts and your own stories using #NYCACommunityConnections
NYCA is celebrating individuals on the autism spectrum and the communities that embrace them. What activities do you enjoy doing with your friend, family or community member on the autism spectrum? Comment and use hastag #NYCACommunityConnections
An Interview with Dr. Mary E. Van Bourgondien, Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center at the University of North Carolina We turn our focus to the majority of people with ASD for whom traditional, romantic relationships may seem out of reach. Without traditional romance, how can the needs that are typically met […]
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It’s officially Autism Awareness month! Throughout April, NYCA is celebrating people on the autism spectrum and the communities that embrace them. Stay tuned to our social media and help us spread the word using hashtag #NYCACommunityConnections Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
A Spectrum of Love Romantic love, a yearning made urgent by Cupid’s visit this month, is a subject with which many in our community are preoccupied. They wonder if and how they will find love, and when they do, how they might navigate its occasionally tricky waters. We spoke to Dr. Catherine Lord, Director of […]
Meet Geoffrey! After completing 600 hours of on-site job training through Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism,* Geoff gained the confidence and skills he needed to secure competitive employment. Your important donations empower young adults with autism to reach their full potential. Watch the video below to learn more about Geoff’s journey and how you can […]
Help New York Collaborates for Autism continue to connect communities and create capacity by making a donation this Giving Tuesday. To make a donation, visit: www.nyc4a.org/donate To learn more about the programs and services your gift will support, visit: nyc4a.org/portfolio. *$25.00 donation to New York Collaborates for Autism. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, […]
Watch video here: https://vimeo.com/146025138 In the spirit of giving thanks, it is our pleasure to share a very special thank you message from the NYCA community.
On July 30th, over 300 community members, performers and volunteers attended the second annual Cabaret to Benefit Autism held in Woodmere, NY to support NYCA. At this year’s event, “All You Need: A Beatles Cabaret,” 13-year old Andrew Feldman (producer, director, drummer, vocalist) and friends performed over 30 iconic Beatles songs from “All You Need […]
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By: Steven Kantor Typical greeting card sentiments just don’t capture the joys and disappointments of being a father of a child with autism. My youngest son Ari, now 18, was diagnosed with autism at 23 months. I dream of designing a greeting cards line for families with autism. Something like: “Happy Father’s Day! I know […]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Tara DiMilia, 908-369-7168 Innovativeprototype to be launched in Westchester with the intent of replicatingthroughout NYS New York, NY, – Neighborhood Network of NewYork (NNNY) has been awarded a $1,083,233 grant by the New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to develop a first-of-a-kind, person-centered, community based service network […]
Innovativeprototype to be launched in Westchester with the intent of replicatingthroughout NYS New York, NY, [February 19, 2015] – Neighborhood Network of NewYork (NNNY) has been awarded a $1,083,233 grant by the New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to develop a first-of-a-kind, person-centered, community based service network for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Spearheaded […]
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Grantee Spotlight: Theatre Development Fund New York, NY Since 2011, Theatre Development Fund (TDF) has been sharing the magic of Broadway with children and adults with autism and their families through their Autism Theatre Initiative (ATI). According to Lisa Carling, Director of TDF Accessibility Programs, “As we talked to parents, special education teachers and psychologists, […]
Grantee Spotlight: Exceptional Minds Sherman Oaks, CA Kevin Titcher with Stargate Studios CEO Sam Nicholson Exceptional Minds is a vocational school and working production studio that fosters remarkable creativity and talent among young adults with autism interested in pursuing a career in the digital arts. The organization, located just miles outside of Hollywood, offers a […]
NYCA has gathered several of our favorite highlights from 2014. While much progress has been made, the need for support still exceeds the current services available to people living with autism. Make the future brighter for people living with autism by making a special year-end gift today. Visit: www.nyc4a.org/donate2014
Grantee Spotlight: The Homestead Cedar Rapids, IA Pictured above: Jeff, Taylor, Leighton and Lindsey. Founded in 1991 by a dedicated group of parents and professionals in Central Iowa, the Homestead was created to address the lack of services being provided to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Over the past two decades, […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NATIONAL FUNDERS COLLABORATE TO SUPPORT GROUNDBREAKING WORK IN DISABILITY AND EMPLOYMENT New York, N.Y. (October 29, 2014) – Autism Speaks, Kessler Foundation, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, New York Collaborates for Autism and Poses Family Foundation, have collectively committed almost $7.5 million to support groundbreaking work in disability and inclusion in employment in 2014 and 2015. The […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NATIONAL FUNDERS COLLABORATE TO SUPPORT GROUNDBREAKING WORK IN DISABILITY AND EMPLOYMENT New York, N.Y. (October 29, 2014) – Autism Speaks, Kessler Foundation, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, New York Collaborates for Autism and Poses Family Foundation, have collectively committed almost $7.5 million to support groundbreaking work in disability and inclusion in employment in 2014 and 2015. […]
New York, N.Y. (October 29, 2014) – Autism Speaks, Kessler Foundation, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, New York Collaborates for Autism and Poses Family Foundation, have collectively committed almost $7.5 million to support groundbreaking work in disability and inclusion in employment in 2014 and 2015. The funders joined forces with leaders across sectors to pursue a new collaborative strategy […]
Meet Annie, a 13-year-old on a mission to make a difference in the lives of people living with autism. Annie organized a Paris-themed Bat Mitzvah in March 2014 where she raised money from friends and family to support NYCA. Annie’s celebration included Eiffel Tower-themed décor, endless French cuisine and even an appearance from Mr. Met! […]
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Grantee Spotlight: Growing Solutions Farm Chicago, IL Growing Solutions Farm is located on 1.2 acres in the heart of Chicago. Launched in 2013 by the Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation (JMTF), as part of JMTF’s Urban Autism Solutions initiative, it was created to address the nearly 90% unemployment rate among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders […]
By: Guest Blogger Steven Becker, Vice President, Health & Wellness Services, Jewish Community Centers of North America Recipient of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition 2014 PCFSN Community Leadership Award Everyone knows that childhood obesity rates are at an all time high. Not everyone is aware that those numbers are significantly higher for children […]
By: New York Collaborates for Autism and Arc of Westchester Pictured above: Paul Stein, Yonkers Assistant District Attorney, with Geoff, PSCA graduate. The Yonkers District Attorney’s office is one of the many employers in the Westchester area that has hired a graduate of the high school to employment transition program, Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism. With Arc of Westchester’s help, […]
By: Guest Blogger Kristine Meyerson, Aquatics Specialist, YMCA of the USA Summer is a time of year when parents must be vigilant about water safety, and this is particularly true for parents of children with autism. While water safety and drowning prevention should be top of mind for all parents during the warm summer months, […]
On Wednesday, June 25, family and friends came together to celebrate the 2014 Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism (PSCA) graduating class, who successfully completed the one year internship program. Over the course of the school year, the interns spent close to 600 hours working in three different internships and received 300 hours of training in competitive, transferable […]
By: Rick Goldsmith NYCA Board Member Traditionally, Father’s Day is considered a time for children to honor their fathers by buying them presents, treating them to breakfast, or letting them do whatever they want. However, it is also a time for fathers to reflect on their relationships with their children and how they have enriched […]
By: Guest Blogger Dave Kot, Founder of Autism at Face Value ©Autism at Face Value 2013 Pssst…Michael is The Zephyr! Revealed here for the first time, this comic book hero’s secret identity may not seem like a huge revelation. Does it matter more to know that Michael/The Zephyr is the world’s first Golden-Age Comic Book […]
Pictured above: The Project SEARCH Autism-Augmentation Team. From bottom left: Ilene Lainer, Executive Director (NYCA); Erin Riehle, Director, Disabilities Services (CCHMC), Founder and Director (Project SEARCH); Maryellen Daston, Consultant for Research and Communications (Project SEARCH, CCHMC). From top left: Glenna Osborne, Associate Director Supported Employment (UNC- TEACCH); Jerry Philip, Program Development Manager (NYCA), Amie Duncan, […]
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CELEBRATE 10 YEARS WITH US and GIVE NOW This year NYCA is celebrating 10 years of helping individuals with autism and their families. In honor of our birthday, we’ve gathered NYCA’s 10 of our most memorable triumphs in autism. Make the future brighter for people living with autism by making a special year-end gift today. We know great […]
Pictured above: Marice (left) a PSCA intern and Dr. Molly Losh, the Jane and Michael Hoffman Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. 10 Years, 10 Triumphs Triumph 9: Night of Too Many Stars Brings Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism to Have Dreams and Northwestern University Thanks to a grant provided by […]
10 Years, 10 Triumphs Triumph 8: Hunter College Teaches the Teachers Tricia Mahalko is a special ed vet with 20 years of experience. For the past 7 years, Tricia has worked at PS 186Q in Bellerose, Queens. The elementary school has 40 children with autism. The school’s special education program chose Tricia to attend the […]
(Pictured above Robert Smigel (NYCA Board Member) and the Comedy Central Team) 10 Years, 10 Triumphs Triumph 7: And the Emmy Goes to…Night of Too Many Stars On Sunday night, Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Program. Other nominees in the category include Game of Thrones, Homeland, Top Chef, Killing […]
(On July 22, 2013, AFAA held its annual retreat at the new Center for Autism and Developing Brain (CADB). Members pictured above in the CADB gym.) 10 Years, 10 Triumphs Triumph 6: Setting the National Public Policy Agenda – Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism NYCA co-founded Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA), a consortium of […]
10 Years, 10 Triumphs Triumph 5: NYCA Planted the Seeds for Inclusion and Programming with the JCC in Manhattan The creation of BOOST! is one of NYCA’s greatest triumphs in its 10-year history. As with all our collaborative programs, we researched best practices and found a terrific after-school program at Have Dreams in Park Ridge, Illinois. We […]
THE JCC IN MANHATTAN AND NEW YORK COLLABORATES FOR AUTISM CELEBRATE TEN YEARS OF INNOVATION Longstanding Partnership Has Generated New Opportunities for People on the Autism Spectrum NEW YORK, NY, July 16, 2013 — Over the past decade, the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan (JCC) has become a mission leader in the development of inclusion-oriented programs […]
10 Years, 10 Triumphs Triumph 4: Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism Last week, The Project SEARCH Collaborates for Autism (PSCA) Class of 2013 graduated from NYCA’s program that not only teaches them the skills to leave high school and find a job but gives their family hope for the future. Starting PSCA in 2011 was one of NYCA’s biggest […]
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10 Years, 10 Triumphs: Triumph 3 CADB Opens On Monday, our dream became a reality, the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain officially opened its doors to a new way of caring for people with autism. The state-of-the-art facility, which is located on New York-Presbyterian’s 214 acre Westchester Campus, serves children, adults and families dealing with […]
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In 2005, we envisioned a place where children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) would not only learn from others but teach valuable lessons to their typically developing peers, teachers and community. We are proud to say that over the past 8 years we have seen this vision come to life.
10 YEARS, 10 TRIUMPHS: TRIUMPH 1 Over 6 Million Watched Jodi DiPiazza & Katy Perry This year NYCA is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by sharing our 10 triumphs in autism. In reflecting on the last 10 years, a very special moment stands out – the unforgettable duet of Jodi DiPiazza and Katy Perry at Comedy […]
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