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    Accessing the Community with Someone Who Uses a Wheelchair

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Staff Training, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: PowerPoint/Presentation
    Population: Non Ambulatory
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This presentation describes how to plan for weather, wheelchair access and wheelchair maneuvers and locking; it also helps the learner plan how to find appropriate volunteer work for a person who uses a wheelchair.

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    Approaching Community Members

    Communication Guidelines

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Staff Training, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This training will guide you through the steps for approaching and recruiting your neighbors. Learn scripts and tips for timing approaches, what to say, how long to speak, how to energize without scaring people away and when to let things ride.

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    Bi-Weekly Bulletin

    From "The Best of YAI" Newsletter

    Topic: Supported Employment, Self-Advocacy, Counseling, Community Inclusion
    Format: Newsletter
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Transition, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe

    Confidence and networking are the keys to a successful job search. One employment program is implementing a bi-weekly town meeting allowing individuals with development disabilities to share information, accomplishments and progress towards their goals.

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    Caring Curriculum

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Transition, Senior
    Levels of Disability: All

    Lessons in this curriculum teach how to care for ourselves, our friends and family, our environment, our pets and our plants. The five activity themes of the Caring Curriculum can be used independently of one another and can easily be adapted to the skill level and interests of your group!

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    Community Experience Training

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Staff Training, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: PowerPoint/Presentation
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: All

    The "Community Experience" is here to help you develop a community-based volunteer program for people with ID/DD. Use this training to help your team to build new community partners, to become strong mentors and better prepare for the community.

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    Community Preparation Training for Individuals who Function in the Lower Range of Autism

    From "The Best of YAI" Newsletter

    Topic: Teaching Techniques, Community Inclusion
    Format: Newsletter
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Read about how the Training for Individual Vocational Opportunities (TIVO) group was born and how it has helped its four members integrate into the community through social interactions, functional skills, and communication aids.

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    Community Safety

    Annual Mandatory In-Service ~ YAI Day Services

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Staff Training, Supporting Safety (Goal 5)
    Format: Handout/Review Sheet
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: All

    This Community Safety In-service will help Direct service professionals ensure the safety of their group through pro-active planning and effective use of emergency procedures.

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    Community Service Training Program:Obtaining & Maintaining Volunteer Sites & Providing Volunteer Services

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Staff Training, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: PowerPoint/Presentation, Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    Participating in community volunteer work provides individuals with developmental disabilities with a better understanding of the community, enhanced personal and social integration skills and increased self esteem.

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    Dressing For Success

    A Lesson Plan from "Ready...Set...Work!"

    Topic: Supported Employment, Community Inclusion, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Should I wear the same clothing for work as I do when I go to the movies? Is it OK to wear a blouse that has a stain or that is wrinkled? What styles look good on me? This unit

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    Fire Safety for Staff Working with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

    A Joint Publication of Fire Department, City of New York and YAI Network

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Staff Training, Supporting Safety (Goal 5)
    Format: Workbook
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This booklet is designed to address the fire safety needs of people with developmental disabilities. Education, training and strategies are offered to improve the safety of one of the most vulnerable fire risk populations. This fire safety program identifies unsafe practice and behaviors and provides ways to correct them.

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    Get Well Kits

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Community Inclusion, Having a Home (Goal 6), Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: School Age, Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Create, share, cheer! Make and donate these fun kits to a hospital ward for children.

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    Greetings

    A Lesson Plan from "Ready...Set...Work!"

    Topic: Supported Employment, Community Inclusion, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This unit contains lesson plans, role plays and guides that will teach people with intellectual and developmental disabilities what to say and do when greeting friends, coworkers, supervisors, customers and job interviewers.

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    How to be Fire Safe

    Written and Created by Seeds Educational Services, Inc.

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    People with developmental disabilities may not be able to take life saving action in a timely manner in the event of a fire. Seeds Educational Services, Inc. (Seeds) has created a fire safety curriculum designed to meet the learning needs of people with cognitive disabilities.

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    How to Use a Metrocard Machine

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Using a Metro-card Machine can be tricky! Here is an innovative way to teach the skill of purchasing these cards so that your participants can remember it. Using this tool will empower the people you work with to be

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    Out & About

    Traveling Safely Both in the Program and When Accessing the Community

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques, Supporting Safety (Goal 5)
    Format: Manual, Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This comprehensive curriculum covers travel safety in the program, neighborhood and larger community. The 12 sessions include orientation to the program environment, indoor and outdoor community facilities, pedestrian safety as well as bus and subway travel. Pre and post tests help assess skills to target and readiness for greater independence.

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    Preparing for Your Volunteer Site

    Getting Ready for Sunnyside ~ A Multi-Sensory Example

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Supported Employment, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    The "Getting Ready for Sunnyside" multi-sensory teaching tool helps groups prepare for their volunteer site. It uses a simple and effective approach.

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    Project HOPE

    Helping Other People Eat

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Supported Employment
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Mild (high functioning), Severe

    Project HOPE, "Helping Other People Eat", was set up to teach people how they can work together to help members of their community. Groups put together bagged meals and deliver them to people who are homeless. This is a wonderful program that can be easily duplicated!

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    Recycling Cans

    Counting Board

    Topic: Teaching Techniques, Community Inclusion
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    This teaching tool for recycling cans is both easy to create and use. Included is a checklist of tips for teaching recycling symbols, counting and packaging cans and more.

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    Running an Effective Current Events Group

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Are you looking for new ways to bring current events into the lives of the people you work with? This lesson plan provides ideas for creating a news worthy activity. Tips include how to choose news articles, how to relate information to the lives of participants and how to use photos and questions to generate discussion.

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    S.H.A.R.E. ~ Supporting Helpful & Rewarding Experiences

    A Volunteer Training Program

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Self-Advocacy, Being Active and Productive in Society (Goal 7)
    Format: Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Transition, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Mild (high functioning)

    Individuals with intellectual disabilities typically are recipients of mentoring experiences but have few opportunities to be nurturers themselves. The SHARE Volunteer Program develops the strengths and interests of those who enjoy social contact enabling them to serve as effective volunteers. The comprehensive guide highlights each step of the volunteer selection and training process including finding volunteer sites, matching volunteers with jobs as well as social and task skill development.

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    Shop Til' You Drop!

    The Money Awareness Game

    Topic: Teaching Techniques, Community Inclusion, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Game/Activity
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This game is a wonderful teaching tool for learning money awareness and shopping skills. Learn how to identify coins/bills, investigate the relationship between money and making purchases, and make change in different combinations

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    Socializing Appropriately At The Workplace

    A Lesson Plan from "Ready...Set...Work!"

    Topic: Relationships and Sexuality, Supported Employment, Community Inclusion
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This unit teaches skills needed for appropriate socializing in the workplace. Topics include the difference between a "home friend" and a "work friend," too little versus too much socializing and the skill of small talk.

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    The "Community +" Game

    A Community Training Game

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Game/Activity
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    Community + is a fun and educational game that addresses community resources, communication, weather, health, hygiene, and more! Download the instructions and materials list and you'll be on your way to creating this exciting game for your program!

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    The Community Training Game

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques, Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships (Goal 2)
    Format: Game/Activity
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe

    The Community Training Game is a fun and interesting way to teach the skills necessary for successful use of the community. Through play, learners can become familiar with program volunteer sites, rights and responsibilities and community awareness skills.

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    The Hudson River

    A Living Classroom

    Topic: Children with Special Needs, Community Inclusion, Putting people first (Goal 1)
    Format: Lesson Plan, Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: School Age, Adolescent, Young Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This manual will expose teachers to the extraordinary educational resource that the Hudson River is and introduce them to the many wonderful educational sites along the Hudson that they can visit with their students.

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    The Pedestrian Light Signal

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques, Supporting Safety (Goal 5)
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult, School Age
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    The Pedestrian Light Signal is a creative tool for practicing safe street crossing without leaving the building! Detailed instructions will help you to build a light with picture signals matching your local pedestrian street light.

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    The Pocket Shopper

    Topic: Teaching Techniques, Community Inclusion, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Transition, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    The Pocket Shopper is a picture and sign language system that will help people with limited verbal skills or hearing impairments to become more independent shoppers. Follow the step-by-step instructions to put together this functional and fun to use teaching tool.

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    The Safe People Folder

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques, Supporting Safety (Goal 5)
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe

    The Safe People Folder helps staff teach the difficult concepts of "strangers" and "safe" people through a game-like visual tool. Sample pictures of community workers are included along with step-by-step instructions for this easy-to-make teaching resource.

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    The Savvy Shopper

    A Money and Shopping Skills Curriculum

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Game/Activity
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    "The Savvy Shopper" is a collection of resources to use in teaching both money and shopping skills to individuals who function in the severe to mild range of intellectual disability. Using activities and games, participants learn to identify and add currency, prepare a budget, identify types of stores and merchandise for sale, and make simple purchases.

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    The Travel Safety Bus

    Using My MetroCard

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: School Age, Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe

    Use this creative "bus" to teach people the correct way to insert a Metrocard on a public bus. This tool also incorporates counting out quarters for a bus trip if not using a Metrocard.

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    Travel Safety Challenge

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Teaching Techniques, Supporting Safety (Goal 5)
    Format: Game/Activity
    Population: All
    Age Group: School Age, Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    Go ahead, take the challenge! The Travel Safety Challenge is an exciting way to teach the skills necessary to navigate the community safely. This teaching tool can be easily modified to meet the specific needs of your program.

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    Travel Safety Procedures

    When Taking Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities into the Community

    Topic: Community Inclusion, Staff Training, Supporting Safety (Goal 5)
    Format: Handout/Review Sheet
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This one-page review sheet is an excellent reminder of safety procedures to consider before taking people with ID/DD on an excursion.

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    YAI NYC Self Advocates Newsletter

    Issue 5: Spring/Summer 2010

    Topic: Self-Advocacy, Community Inclusion
    Format: Newsletter
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    What is self advocacy? What do self advocates do? This newsletter has the recipe! Begin by tapping into community speakers for informative presentations. Add a visit to the Museum of disAbility. Stir in a moving account of job satisfaction. Finish with an exciting conference on Latino needs.

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