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News / Announcements
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!
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.
"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