NEXT’s Very Own Superhero

Last year in fourth grade, Wesley Elkind had a brainstorm with his drawing teacher and mom. He wanted to work on an art-related project, but wasn’t quite sure what subject to choose. His teacher suggested that Wesley consider working on an issue that is personal [...]

2018-08-24T10:59:10-05:00December 16th, 2016|

Fertile Ground for Collaboration

Through Night of Too Many Stars, NEXT for AUTISM proudly funds grantees whose programs improve the lives of people with ASD across the country. When we have the opportunity to pair two grantees, thereby enhancing each program, we feel even greater satisfaction. Not only does each [...]

2018-08-24T11:07:50-05:00November 14th, 2016|

Dr. Irwin Smigel 1924-2016

In memory of Dr. Irwin Smigel, a champion of NYCA. We send warm thoughts to Robert, Michelle, Bellanca and the entire Smigel family. New York Times Obituary October 17, 2016

2018-08-24T11:09:25-05:00October 20th, 2016|

Teen Talent Stages Another Hit Musical for NYCA

Andrew Feldman has done it again!  We were thrilled last year when Andrew and friends staged a tribute to the Beatles for their Second Annual Cabaret to Benefit Autism to raise funds for NYCA.  This year, the 14-year-old director, writer and star produced a rollicking, [...]

2018-08-24T11:13:50-05:00August 18th, 2016|

Remembering Suzanne Wright

We share with you here a personal tribute from NYCA board members, Robert and Michelle Smigel, who have known and worked with Suzanne and Bob Wright for many years. NYCA joins the Smigels in remembering. Suzanne Wright, NYCA board member and co-founder of Autism Speaks, [...]

2018-08-24T11:24:46-05:00August 3rd, 2016|


NYCA is thrilled to partner with SundanceTV to promote this groundbreaking television series about a family’s struggle with autism.  At the series premiere in New York, David Remnick, NYCA board member and editor of The New Yorker, moderated a lively panel that featured Peter Bowker, [...]

2018-08-24T11:34:34-05:00July 13th, 2016|

Growing Towards Joy and Independence

Click here to view video: NYCA recently hosted a screening of Life, Animated, an award-winning documentary film based on the book, Life, Animated: a Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism, by Ron Suskind. A panel discussion followed, moderated by David Remnick, editor of The New [...]

2018-08-24T11:42:55-05:00June 30th, 2016|

The Lucky Ones

Pictured above: Edwin (left), Leo (center) and Kevin (right). When Ed Tournu’s leg was amputated due to a medical condition, he felt that his life was over. “I thought I was going to sit in a wheel chair all day and do nothing,” he recalled. [...]

2018-08-24T11:47:49-05:00June 19th, 2016|

A Special Parent -Teacher Bond

In Honor of All Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Month Pictured above: Mildred and her son, Jan Luis When six-year-old Jan Luis started at the NYC Autism Charter School (NYCACS), he quickly became attached to his teacher Chelsey, so much so that when dismissal came around [...]

2018-08-24T11:49:25-05:00May 25th, 2016|

Twenty Minutes

By: Michelle Smigel Before I had a baby, I would look at other moms with their kids and think to myself, Wow, I’m going to be different. I’m gonna be the cool mom. The mom all the kids love and will want to play with [...]

2018-08-24T11:51:43-05:00May 8th, 2016|