A Statement of Purpose

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 [...]

2021-04-19T16:32:43-05:00April 19th, 2021|

Organizational and Individual Change: The Road to Inclusion

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 [...]

2021-04-09T15:04:21-05:00April 7th, 2021|

Changing the Paradigm for How Adults with Autism Thrive

 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 [...]

2021-04-05T10:08:27-05:00April 1st, 2021|

Women and Autism: Facts and Figures

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 [...]

2021-03-31T14:13:04-05:00March 30th, 2021|

What’s next for NEXT for AUTISM?

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 [...]

2021-03-24T13:04:36-05:00March 24th, 2021|

Should I or Shouldn’t I Disclose My Disability?

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 [...]

2021-04-09T10:36:44-05:00January 11th, 2021|

That’s What Friends Are For – Friendship and ASD

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 [...]

2020-08-03T16:57:24-05:00August 3rd, 2020|

Grantee Spotlight: Shepherd’s Way

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 [...]

2020-07-29T10:19:40-05:00July 15th, 2020|

Freddie Mac’s Neurodiversity Hiring Commitment

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 [...]

2020-09-16T14:16:26-05:00July 13th, 2020|

Neurodiversity Hiring – A Driving Force at Cintas

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 [...]

2020-08-11T13:59:34-05:00July 10th, 2020|