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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|

There May Be An App For That

A guest blog by The Arc of Northern Virginia, a Night of Too Many Stars Grantee Every parent worries about their children’s safety, especially when the children are out in public.  But parents of young adults with autism can live with heightened levels of concern.  [...]

2019-12-17T13:58:13-05:00December 17th, 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|

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|