NYU Steinhardt’s ASD Nest support project was recently was awarded $50,000 by the FAR Fund to partner with NYU Poly and the Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative (CBSI) on a grant that brings robotics to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at Millennium High School. The project, titled “Bringing STEM Specialization to ASD Nest High School Students: A Collaboration Between NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and NYU Steinhardt’s ASD Nest Support Project,” is being led by co-principal investigatorsKristie Patten Koenig, associate professor and department chair at NYU’s Department of Occupational Therapy, and Ben Esner, director of the Center for K-12 STEM Education.
The ASD Nest Program is a NYC Department of Education inclusion program for students with ASD in community schools, and educates more than 900 children with ASD alongside 3,000 of their typically developing peers. Dr. Patten Koenig is also the principal investigator of NYU Steinhardt’s ASD Nest Support Project, which is funded by the NYC Department of Education and provides children with ASD academic, behavioral, social, and sensory supports in order to be successful their neighborhood schools.
The Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative (CBSI) pairs teachers from public schools in Brooklyn with graduate student fellows from engineering, chemical, and biological science programs at NYU Poly to design hands-on classroom lessons. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation, and other supporters, and reaches more than 2,000 students and 40 teachers.
In an effort to showcase tourism in African countries, NYU Africa House hosted a group of African officials and representatives on September 22nd at NYU’s Kimmel Center. The 9th Annual Presidential Forum on Tourism featured over 40 dignitaries from different countries representing their tourism and hospitality industries.
Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, the Ghanaian Minster of Tourism (left) and Dr. Aqua (right)
NYU Africa House is an interdisciplinary institute that focuses on the contemporary social, economic and political issues of the African continent. The Institute works closely with several of NYU’s faculty members, including the Department of Occupational Therapy’s own Dr. Offiong Aqua, who is a longtime member of Africa House, serving on its health advisory committee. Dr. Aqua, who holds a joint appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the departments of Physical Therapy, and Communicative Sciences and Disorders as well, has developed several important health initiatives that have imparted training and fostered research in Ghana and Nigeria.
Chief Edem Duke, the Nigerian Minister of Culture and Tourism (left) and Dr. Aqua (right)
Africa House’s annual Presidential forum seeks to provide a platform to leaders from Africa to showcase facets of the continent to relevant stakeholders in the US. Considering the critical role tourism plays in driving the socio-economic growth of a number of countries in Africa, the event provided an opportunity to the representatives to demonstrate their resources. The Presidential forum also included several expert workshops where small groups of officials got the opportunity to talk with industry experts to get their guidance on promoting tourism. The event runs in parallel to the UN General Assembly that takes place in New York City each year.
The NYU Department of Occupational Therapy is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting its Annual January NBCOT Exam Prep course offered by Therapy Ed. The two-day course will be held at the University on Tuesday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 21st, 2015. NYU OT students are eligible for a $30 course tuition discount (please follow the instructions on the NYU OT registration form). Please visit http://www.therapyed.com/nbcot.htm for additional course information.