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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. It employs the Professional Family Teaching Model which emphasizes family-style living in a supportive, teaching environment for adults with autism. To honor National Caregivers Month, [...]

2019-11-22T14:28:02-05:00November 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|

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|

What’s New With Our Favorite Dads?

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 [...]

2019-06-14T09:52:58-05:00June 13th, 2019|

The Light In All Of Us

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 [...]

2019-05-02T15:33:35-05:00May 1st, 2019|

Open Yourself to a World of Possibility

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 [...]

2019-04-25T13:22:42-05:00April 25th, 2019|

Thinking Forward – April 2, 2019

We entered 2019 redoubling our efforts not only to build excellent model programs for people with autism and their families, but also to better define ourselves as an organization.  I’d like to share some of our evolving insights with you, as they are our guide [...]

2019-04-01T15:27:23-05:00April 1st, 2019|

The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up

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 [...]

2019-03-29T10:21:46-05:00February 26th, 2019|

A Message from Ilene Lainer – December 2018

2018 was a year of strategic planning as well as empowerment at NEXT for AUTISM. Our leadership looked back at 15 years of program building and planned forward.  The process challenged us and affirmed our commitment to always ask, “What’s NEXT for autism?” This year, [...]

2018-12-20T18:41:31-05:00December 20th, 2018|