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NEXT for NEIGHBORS is a shared living model that provides comprehensive, supportive services to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. NEXT for NEIGHBORS is a program of The Arc Westchester, created by NEXT for AUTISM and Community Living Opportunities. 


At NEXT for AUTISM, we believe that young adults with ASD, if well supported, can live semi-independently within their communities.  To create NEXT for NEIGHBORS, we embarked on a multiyear process of research, design, and development. We originated the idea for the program, identified models that could be adapted for the autism population, and engaged agency partners.  NEXT for AUTISM also led the legal, financial and state-regulatory process to form NEXT for NEIGHBORS, shaping the organizational structure, identifying the leadership, and charting the course for the program’s future.

To be eligible for NEXT for NEIGHBORS the individual must be an adult who has New York State residency and is pre-approved by New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).  NEXT for NEIGHBORS is a pilot program and is expected to open in the fall of 2018. 

Program Innovations

  • Individualized, Supported Living Services Individuals live in specialized home settings located within typical communities. Professional families live with them, guiding, mentoring, and nurturing them in their daily lives. These professionals are trained and certified annually to meet the practical and emotional needs of the people they serve.
  • Community Immersion NEXT for NEIGHBORS activities are individualized and designed to encourage learning through community immersion and integration. We will also work with service and community organizations such as JCCs, YMCAs and local colleges to facilitate opportunities for clients. Our belief is that people with autism should be a part of the larger community, not isolated as they often are

If you believe you are eligible and would like to learn more about NEXT for NEIGHBORS, please click here.