The NYU ASD Nest Support Project provides training and support for educators working with students with ASD, including those in the NYC ASD Nest Program. Learn More
The ASD Nest Program is an NYC Department of Education inclusion program for students with ASD in community schools. Learn More
News / Announcements
Mar 04, 2017
"Many people with autism on their passions for happiness and intellectual stimulation." This is among the findings of recent research from ASD Nest Support Project PI, Kristie Patten Koenig, and Co-Project Director, Lauren Hough Williams. Read the New York Magazine Science of Us interview for more about the importance of special interests, rejecting the deficit model, and to hear the perspectives of autistic individuals themselves.
Jan 26, 2017
Life, Animated—a documentary about an autistic young man who uses his passion for Disney cartoons to communicate, connect, and thrive—was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The Curriculum Guide for the film was developed by three members of the ASD Nest Support Project: Kristie Patten Koenig, Lauren Hough Williams, and Aaron Lanou, along with autistic self-advocates Stephen Shore and and Paul Kotler. Learn more and download the free Curriculum Guide at the film's website.
Jan 05, 2017
Come hear about Nest at the Young Child Expo & Conference on May 2, 2017! ASD Nest Support Project team will be presenting at this year's Autism Intervention Summit Day, which features over 25 speakers and more than 15 presentations, including information on DIR, Verbal Behavior, and more. Details on the conference website.
Jan 02, 2017
National Public Radio recently ran a story about the ASD Nest program, featuring Millennium Brooklyn High School senior, Colin Ozeki. The story highlights the benefits of Nest's inclusive model and social support. Read or listen to the story on NPR's website.
"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