The ASD Nest Program is an NYC Department of Education inclusion program for students with ASD in community schools. Learn More
The NYU ASD Nest Support Project provides training and support for ASD Nest Program schools. Learn More
News / Announcements
Mar 26, 2015
In March 2015, Peter Vermeulen presented about happiness and wellbeing in autism to 200 ASD Nest program teachers, therapists, and administrators. He emphasised the need for focusing on wellbeing in goals for students with ASD, and understanding happiness from an autistic perspective.
More information can be found on Dr. Vermeulen's presentation here.
Mar 13, 2015
Conor Tague, a former student in the ASD Nest program, had the experience of a lifetime appearing on stage alongside "Weird Al" Yankovic. He sang in a chorus to Weird Al's song, Yoda, as a part of Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars fundraiser. Conor is an alumn of Nest schools PS 112 and PS/MS 206, and is currently attending Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts. He participates in Actionplay, a weekend Performance Group for kids with ASD. You can view the video of Conor's performance on YouTube.
Jan 08, 2015
Students in Class 502 at PS 396 in the Bronx are enjoying their VMath computer program purchased with money from the ASD Nest Staff Grant Program! Thanks to their teachers: Elyse Mattiaccio, Nate Dallas, and Kirsten Taylor!
Dec 01, 2014
MS 442, Carroll Gardens School for Innovation, a third-year Nest school, has been selected as one of Chancellor Fariña's 17 Showcase Schools. They are highlighted for "Supporting All Students through Innovative Instruction." Congratulations to the staff at MS 442! Read the full list of schools.
"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