At the NestCon, a three-day conference in February, teachers, researchers, autistic self-advocates, and members of the neurodiverse community came together to learn about the latest research and innovation in the autism field.
He also spoke about the "how, when, where, and why" of self-disclosure, noting that self-disclosure is a skill that enhances self-advocacy and leads to an increased sense of self-esteem. He also questioned whether learning to conform to societal expectations was the best approach for autistic people, leaving the audience to ponder whether it was better to abide by the advice given to most young people: "Stand out and make a difference!"
Why do we tell kids to stand out and make a difference, and tell autistic people to be like everyone else?"
ASD Nest’s first classroom was in Public School 32 in Brooklyn. This school year, the program will expand its reach to more than 50 schools across all five boroughs in New York City, supporting the needs of more than 1,500 autistic students.
The goal of the ASD Nest Program is to help higher functioning children with ASD learn how to function well— academically, behaviorally, and socially — in school and in their communities.
The idea of a “nest” is a nurturing home, and the program provides structure, support, and services so that students can succeed in inclusive settings.
Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin's mother, talks about how parenting and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The new grant will expand inclusive maker programming to local high schools and elementary schools.