About the Department of Education ASD Nest Program

The ASD Programs Family Resource Guide from the New York City Department of Education Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support states the following:


The ASD Nest Program serves students with ASD and typically developing students in a reduced class-size Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) model, with one special education teacher and one general education teacher. As students get older, the class size increases, as does the ratio of students with autism to typically developing students. There is no classroom paraprofessional in this model. 

Staff receive training in specialized teaching strategies for students with ASD, including Social Development Intervention (SDI) developed by NYU. SDI is an evidence-based program that supports the social/emotional development of ASD Nest students. 

As in all NYCDOE schools, ASD Nest Program classes use the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). ASD Nest Program classes combine CCLS and SDI to improve social understanding while also supporting academic success. SDI is taught in small groups and reinforced throughout the day. 

Related service providers use SDI to help students develop relationships and improve social functioning. This pragmatic (social) language curriculum is taught in small groups of ASD Nest students and reinforced by classroom teachers. 

If children do not learn the way we teach them, then we must teach them the way they learn.”
- Dr. Kenneth Dunn

 For more information, see the Specialized Programs section of the DOE's District Schools page.

Contact the NYC Department of Education’s ASD Nest program team at: 
ASDprograms@schools.nyc.gov or (718) 391-6872