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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|

2019 Year End Review

Read about our 2019 work and accomplishments in our Year End Review!

2019-11-25T10:16:28-05:00November 19th, 2019|

Making the Arts Accessible to All

Museum outings are popular family affairs -- meaningful activities that everyone can enjoy which are also educational. One challenge? The sensory stimuli can be overwhelming to some children, and even more so for some children with autism. Now, three museums across the country are doing [...]

2019-11-22T14:35:07-05:00November 7th, 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|

A Happy Mother-Daughter Partnership

Mothers and daughters have connected over food for generations, but that wasn’t the reason that Arlene Maidman took her daughter, Julia, to cooking lessons four years ago. Family friends had gifted the lessons to Julia for her sweet 16, and Arlene just went along. But [...]

2019-05-15T16:28:41-05:00May 10th, 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|