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News / Announcements
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
Jul 13, 2015
Congratulations to the graduating seniors from Millennium Brooklyn High School! MBHS's founding class—including three students in the ASD Nest—graduated on June 26 at a ceremony at Brooklyn Tech. Every graduating student is on their way to college! A big congrats to all graduates, and the teachers, therapists, and administrators who helped them along the way!
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.
"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