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A Letter From Ilene Lainer – April 2, 2020

As I write this letter, the global health crisis has firmly taken hold in New York City, NEXT for AUTISM’s home.  I’m relieved to report that our staff is doing well, having adjusted to working remotely with agility and speed.  NEXT for AUTISM is fully [...]

2020-04-02T17:49:35-05:00April 1st, 2020|

How To Structure Your Day

HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR DAY when working from home 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 [...]

2020-03-31T14:52:47-05:00March 26th, 2020|

Adjusting to the New Normal

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 [...]

2020-03-26T13:22:11-05:00March 25th, 2020|

Staying Positive: Some Helpful Tips

By Patricia Wright, Ph.D. MPH Patricia Wright, Senior VP of Program Development, offers her thoughts on how parents might mitigate anxiety for themselves and their children with autism during tough times. This is a fluid situation. Stay informed but try not to check your newsfeed [...]

2020-03-17T14:01:11-05:00March 17th, 2020|

20/20 Vision in 2020- A Letter from Ilene Lainer

As we enter a new decade, I’ve been thinking back on our work over the last ten years.   Each of the programs that we built began with one common drive – to think forward and envision new possibilities for individuals and families living with autism.  [...]

2020-01-24T10:33:34-05:00January 17th, 2020|

The Case for Meaningful Work

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 [...]

2019-10-16T09:28:15-05:00October 8th, 2019|

The Women of PSAE Get to Work!

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 [...]

2019-09-18T14:58:35-05:00September 3rd, 2019|

Embracing the Amazing

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 [...]

2019-08-01T10:46:07-05:00August 1st, 2019|

Autism Interns Gain Real World Experience While Raising Awareness

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 [...]

2019-06-17T13:41:39-05:00May 13th, 2019|