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Grantee Spotlight: Up and Away Immersive Musical Now Online!

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 [...]

2020-04-09T10:26:47-05:00April 7th, 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|

“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|

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|

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|

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|