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 [...]

2020-01-31T13:54:26-05:00January 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. 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|

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|

Open Yourself to a World of Possibility

This remarkable 16-year-old high-school student, Shreya Suneja, became involved with autism causes when her younger cousin was diagnosed. She shares her story with us, hoping to inspire other young people towards greater acceptance of individuals with autism. Walking through the hallways of my high [...]

2019-04-25T13:22:42-05:00April 25th, 2019|

It’s Father’s Day! So What?

by Michael John Carley, NEXT for AUTISM Board Member As many people know, my son Will and I were diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome within a week of one another in late 2000, when Will was four.  What some may not know, however, is that two [...]

2019-03-29T10:13:56-05:00June 18th, 2017|