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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

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 [...]

2020-04-24T15:36:05-05:00March 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|

“There’s No Place Like Home”

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 [...]

2020-03-08T19:29:00-05:00March 4th, 2020|

The AAP’s Latest Recommendations on ASD: Our Takeaways

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 [...]

2020-02-06T14:31:55-05:00January 27th, 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|

Making a Difference is the First Step

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. [...]

2020-03-08T19:33:53-05:00November 20th, 2019|

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|