Additional instructional support to students and families as they navigated remote learning
Participation by young adults with ASD in TECH camp, assistance to adjust to a new virtual reality and to live as independently as possible
Bilingual autism-safety training toolboxes that provided Spanish-speaking families with information about navigating safety issues
With only a few months left until graduation when the quarantine began, the Project SEARCH Autism Enhancement Program (PSAE) moved quickly to virtual learning. NEXT for AUTISM worked closely with our partners at the Arc Westchester to assist with the complex tasks of modifying the curriculum and guiding interns to adopt online work habits. Within a week, the program resumed with a modified curriculum and busy interns.
PSAE Zoom Graduation
PSAE’s first-ever, virtual graduation took place in June. Employers, instructors, loved ones and former graduates dialed in for speeches and good wishes all around. After months of quarantine, the interns delighted in each other’s company, even online.
As ever, we are committed to helping individuals with autism live within their communities with the right supports for them to thrive and become as independent as possible. NEXT for NEIGHBORS’s pilot program, in partnership with the Arc Westchester, opened a new home this year. We worked with New York State to facilitate the individual’s new residency, and with the Arc to train direct support professionals and the management team.
In 2021, NEXT for NEIGHBORS will continue to build relationships with community living providers and shape their services. Our goal is to empower individuals with autism towards independence within neighborhoods across the country.
- The Fragrance Foundation - Give Back Partner
NEXT for AUTISM is proud to be named The Fragrance Foundation’s Give Back Partner in 2019 and 2020. In 2019, we launched our first, joint fundraising event, which provided critical support to individuals with ASD and their families. In 2020, we are doing it again! On December 8th, NEXT for AUTISM, The Fragrance Foundation, and AARMY Studios will join forces, this time virtually, for another super-charged, community wellness event.
Please visit our event page more information.