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News / Announcements
Jun 03, 2015
The Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community recently published an article about the ASD Nest Program, written by members of the Nest team.
Kristie Patten Koenig, Jill Feldman, Dorothy Siegel, Shirley Cohen & Jamie Bleiweiss describe the development of the ASD Nest model and its core components. They discuss the need for school models to fill the gap in appropriate services for students with ASD that are inclusive and academically challenging, that can be implemented by many school districts, and that are responsive to the unique combination of strengths and deficits in these students.
The article, Issues in Implementing a Comprehensive Intervention for Public School Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, is available on our Publications page.
May 12, 2015
Teachers from Millennium Brooklyn High School were featured on some terrific instructional videos from Annenberg Learner. Nest Coach Raeann McElveen and teacher Addie Male describe and model Using the Socratic Method in History and Developing Questions that Promote Discussion. And Dr. Amanda Micsenyi can be seen leading and describing Building Knowledge from Multiple Sources and Peer Teaching.
Apr 09, 2015
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced the continued expansion of New York City's two community school-based programs for children with autism. In 2015–2016, the DOE will open 41 new classes in ASD Nest and Horizon programs across the city. Chancellor Farina has been a champion of the ASD Nest program since 2002 when, as District 15 Superintendent, she launched the pilot Nest program at PS 32. Read more about the announcement at SI Live and DNAinfo.
Apr 02, 2015
Congratulations to all the eighth grade Nest students, on their successful high school matches! Every student received two offers: one through the regular high school matching process, and one through the Nest high school process. Talk about choice! Here's what one eighth grade Nest student in Brooklyn wrote to one of his teachers:
I did it. I made it to Murrow drama. I never thought it would end up like this, but my wish came true. It was awesome when I found out, thank u so much for all of the motivations u gave me for 2 years. I love u and all of the teachers who helped me on this journey.
It's music to a teacher's ears... Congratulations to graduating 8th graders, and to their terrific teachers!
"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