ASD Nest to Partner with Self-Advocates to Further High School Model

NYU Steinhardt’s ASD Nest Support Project was awarded $50,000 by the FAR Fund to further the program’s High School Model. The ASD Support Project is part of the larger ASD Nest NYC Department of Education program, which aims to advance the development and implementation of educational solutions for students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Support Project provides training, school support, workshops, and consultation for teachers, parents, and related service providers who work in the ASD Nest Program. The program has been extensively developed at the elementary and middle school levels in schools that support children with ASD, but seeks to develop more reach at the high school level.

Under the direction of principal investigators Kristie Patten Koenig, Ph.D., OT/L, FAOTA, and associate professor and department chair at NYU’s Department of Occupational Therapy, the high school model, “Oh the Places Students with ASD Can GO,” will be expanded. It will feature input and collaboration with self-advocates who will speak at all ASD Nest High Schools to motivate students and faculty alike. These self-advocates will present on their experiences and how they have used their strengths and interests as an inspiration to the students in participating high schools. The fully implementable model will be available for roll out for Academic Year 2016-2017. Congratulations, Kristie!