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|

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|

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|

A Message from Ilene Lainer

When the United Nations declared the first World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, 2007, NEXT for AUTISM was already four years old. We had opened the NYC Autism Charter School, our first model program, and we were actively tackling the lack of quality services for [...]

2018-08-24T09:35:21-05:00April 2nd, 2018|

The NEXTGen Board Visits the BOOST! After School Program

In an effort to gain a deeper understanding of NYCA’s work, our NEXT Gen board of directors recently spent time with children and teen mentors at the Jewish Community Center Manhattan’s BOOST! After School Program, one of NYCA’s first and banner initiatives.  Ilene Lainer, NYCA’s President, [...]

2018-08-24T10:44:20-05:00March 15th, 2017|

Growing Towards Joy and Independence

Click here to view video: https://youtu.be/D0I_q_WeFSA 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|

10 YEARS, 10 TRIUMPHS IN AUTISM A Message from Ilene Lainer

By: Ilene Lainer I am the Co-Founder and Executive Director of NYCA.  I am also the mother of two teenage sons, one who is typically developing and the other who has autism. It is my privilege to lead NYCA in collaborating to effect systems change [...]

2018-08-28T10:47:19-05:00April 16th, 2013|