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News / Announcements
Jan 21, 2016
The Nest is going to Denmark! The ASD Nest Support Project is excited to be collaborating with a terrific team of educators in Aarhus, Denmark, to help establish and ASD Nest program in Aarhus. This will be the first ASD Nest model outside of New York City. Beginning in the fall of 2016, Aarhus will have two "Grade 0" classes (first grade in the U.S.) in their school, Katrinebjergskolen. More info at the NYU-Aarhus page.
Jan 20, 2016
The parent of a former ASD Nest student recently sent an email to Project Director Dorothy Siegel to share her son's successes since moving out of state. Among other highlights, she shared,
"I just wanted to thank you again for all that you have done for the ASD kids. I don't know where Ryan would be without the support of the Nest program. It really laid such a great foundation for him to succeed academically."
You can read the email in its entirety on our news page.
Nov 19, 2015
New York City Schools Chancellor, Carmen Fariña, visited MS 363, a Nest middle school in the Bronx. While there, she spoke with a Nest student who previously attended PS 396. He told her how much both schools supported him, and how MS 363 is a place where he is accepted for who he is.
Sep 21, 2015
Millennium Brooklyn High School junior, Colin Ozeki, delivered a rousing and inspiring speech at this year's New School Year Kickoff.
Colin was the student speaker at the 3rd annual event on September 3rd. He shared his experiences in the ASD Nest program since his time in kindergarten, and offered some advice for the 500 teachers and therapists in attendance. He also had the auidence in stitches.
Watch Colin's speech, and
Read more about the 3rd Annual New School Year Kickoff
"Nest is probably the most effective inclusion program I have ever seen."
- Catherine Lord, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Autism and the Developing Brain, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical College/Columbia University Medical Center
"Replicating the Nest approach nationwide would greatly improve the employment outlook for people with autism."
- Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.
Scientific Council Board Member at Organization for Autism Research
(SFARI, May 2011)
"The Nest is one of the most comprehensive inclusion programs I have seen focusing on promoting strengths of individuals on the autism spectrum—as well as everyone else!"
- Stephen Shore, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education, Adelphi University