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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|

2018 A Year of Empowerment

We empowered people with autism to thrive at work, at home, and in our communities with new programs and services. READ OUR ANNUAL REVIEW HERE

2018-12-17T16:41:42-05:00December 11th, 2018|

Video: What’s Next for Autism?

What's Next for Autism? Meet Tamar, a recent graduate of our employment training program, as she embarks on a hopeful start at her first job.  Laura Slatkin and Ilene Lainer provide impassioned interviews on NEXT for AUTISM’s vision for programs that support young adults like Tamar. [...]

2018-12-07T14:15:57-05:00December 7th, 2018|

Good Work That’s Good For Business

Good Work That's Good For Business Photo courtesy of CINTAS Corporation In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October 2018, we offer this story about the progress corporations are making to diversify the workforce and include people with autism and other developmental disabilities.   [...]

2018-12-07T14:27:21-05:00October 17th, 2018|

PS-AE: 9 Interns, 9 Graduates, 9 Jobs

Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement Graduation 2018! As the 2019 class of employment training interns begins this fall at Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement, we thought everyone would enjoy this video of the previous year’s graduation.  Note the pride as these graduates share their accomplishments.  We, too, [...]

2018-09-13T16:31:51-05:00September 13th, 2018|