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    Acting 101

    For People with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities

    Topic: Teaching Techniques, Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe

    "Acting 101" is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow curriculum that will help your group get "outside of themselves," become part of a creative group effort that will boost self esteem, social skills and self awareness!

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    Action Charades

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This easy movement activity combines creativity with social engagement and lots of fun! Learn visual discrimination and abstract reasoning while having a good time! The activity requires no equipment and fits easily into any time slot. Download now and play!

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    Adaptive Design & Lifestyle Solutions Newsletter

    Issue 5; Volume 3; May 2011

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques, Healthy Lifestyles, Self-Advocacy
    Format: Newsletter
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    The spring newsletter is filled with easy gardening activities. In this edition, get tips for modifying horticulture activities for different abilities and learn about the dream garden created at a YAI residence.

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    Animal Care and Nurturing

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    There are many benefits to having an animal care and nurturing program. Such a program can provide a concrete avenue for discussing death and
    dying, health awareness and personal care issues.

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    Apricot Cream Cheese Scones

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Adolescent
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Baking: Making Homemade Cookies

    A part of YAI's "How-To" Video series

    Topic: Teaching Techniques, Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan, Video
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Are you looking for activity ideas that are user-friendly for staff and also creative, appropriate, and functional for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? YAI's "How To" series of activity "recipes" promote social interaction and cognitive development. A video demonstration is included.

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    Baseball Classic

    From "The Best of YAI" Newsletter

    Topic: Healthy Lifestyles, Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Newsletter
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Faced with the challenge of equal inclusion and opportunity for people with profound/pervasive intellectual and physical disabilities, one program team modified the way that the game of baseball is played. Learn about this unique approach where everyone plays and everyone scores. "Play ball!"

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    Black and White Cookies

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult, Young Adult, Adolescent
    Levels of Disability: Severe

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Bruschetta

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Healthy Lifestyles, Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Bulb Planter

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Everyone feels empowered when they can give to others. People with developmental disabilities are no exception. This craft activity is a perfect gift for a special friend or a community gift for a nursing home. Show someone you care and have fun in the making!

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    Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Carrot Cake Tea Sandwiches

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Charmed Bookmarks

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan, Teaching Tool
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: School Age, Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Put these beautiful bookmarks into a "Get Well Kit" to donate to a hospital or nursing home, or give them to a library for a children\'s reading group. With these easy-to-follow directions, you'll want to make additional Charmed Book Marks to enjoy at your program!

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    Chocolate Making ~ Making Holiday Lollipops

    A part of YAI's "How-To" Video series

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Handout/Review Sheet, Lesson Plan, Video
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Adult, Young Adult, Adolescent, School Age
    Levels of Disability: Profound (low functioning), Severe, Moderate, Mild (high functioning)

    In "Chocolate Making," step-by-step instructions explain how to create holiday decorated chocolate lollipops; great for gift baskets and fund-raising. YAI\'s "How To" series of activity "recipes" promote social interaction and cognitive development.

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    Chocolate Pretzels

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Adult, Young Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Clark Bars

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Cookie Dough Hummus

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Severe, Moderate

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Cooking: Making a Personal Pizza

    A part of YAI's "How-To" Video series

    Topic: Teaching Techniques, Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan, Video
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Are you looking for activity ideas that are user-friendly for staff and also creative, appropriate, and functional for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? YAI's "How To" series of activity "recipes" promote social interaction and cognitive development. In "Making

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    Cranberry Brie Bites

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing — participants also practice table manners and have opportunities to engage in social interaction.

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    Creating a Collage

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: School Age, Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Arts and crafts provide an opportunity for self-expression as well as a fun way to learn and maintain a variety of motor and cognitive skills. Collage is an easy craft activity that uses inexpensive objects. It can be adapted to suit the new artist or a budding Picasso. This lesson plan will provide step-by-step instructions for creating a variety of collage crafts including nature, dried food, paper and framed collage.

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    Creating a Community Donation Program from Special Educator, Katie Martin

    Expert Tips & Challenges

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Tips and Challenges
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Participating in community volunteer work provides individuals with intellectual disabilities with a better understanding of the community, enhanced personal and social integration skills, and increased self-esteem. Katie Martin describes the key elements for organizing an in-house volunteer crafting center, including how to obtain funding for supplies, organizing the team, finding places to donate to and delivering the goods!

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    Creative and Fun Activity Planning

    Topic: Staff Training, Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Manual
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This lesson plan is a how-to guide for planning activities. It includes detailed project samples and planning guides for use with any group.

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    Cultural Activities: Dancing

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    Recreational activities provide positive social interaction and quality of life experience. What better activity to combine people, exercise and music than dancing? This detailed lesson plan will provide ideas for incorporating different types of dancing into programming including forming dance clubs, teaching different types of dance and finding effective resources.

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    Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Healthy Lifestyles, Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: Severe

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Decorative Glass Bottles

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    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)

    Recycle and make a beautiful craft project. Use these beautiful decorative bottles as centerpieces and tray favors for meals on wheels, nursing homes, and senior centers.

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    Decoupage: Decorating Clay Flower Pots

    A part of YAI's "How-To" Video series

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Are you looking for activity ideas that are user-friendly for staff and also creative, appropriate, and functional for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? YAI's "How To" series of activity "recipes" promote social interaction and cognitive development. In "Decoupage step-by-step instructions explain how to create beautiful decorated clay flowerpots.

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    Door Hanger

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Making and donating a craft project to cheer others is an empowering experience. These decorative door hangers are easy and fun to create.

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    English Muffin Pizzas

    From our Online Cookbook

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This photo recipe gives step-by-step pictorial and written directions for making this quick and delicious snack. Substitute low fat cheese to make it heart healthy. Fun and easy-to-make ... and delicious to eat!

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    Fabric Painting

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Fabric painting is easy, practical and beautiful. This lesson plan provides step-by-step instructions for making fabulous T-shirts, pillows and dish towels using stencils or painting free-hand. Download now and start painting!

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    Feeling Frosty Bag & Tag

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This is the gift that keeps on giving! Create a beautifully decorated container and gift tag using only a paper bag, colored card stock and ribbon. Fill with "get well kit" or "holiday" gift sale items.

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    Flea Repellent Bags

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Have fun and support your local animal shelter at the same time! This clever flea repellent sachet is made with rice and cedar oil. Minimal skills are needed to pack and decorate the bags. A guaranteed fun activity where everyone

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    French Pastries

    from our Simply Cooking collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Fresh Fruit Salad with Dip

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Healthy Lifestyles, Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Fruit Salad

    From our Online Cookbook

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    How do we help people with developmental disabilities enjoy the accomplishment of cooking a mea andl learn how to make recipes as independently as possible? Step-by-step photo recipes are the answer! Download and get cooking!

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    Fudge Wreath

    from our Online Cookbook

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Mild (high functioning)

    This recipe is a great teaching tool to add to your holiday activities with your group! Through step-by-step instructions, it is explained how to create a holiday decorated "fudge wreath" with lots of "hands-on" photographs.

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    Garden Veggie Pizza Squares

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Healthy Lifestyles, Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Severe

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Gardening

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    A gardening program is uplifting and educational for all participants. It provides opportunities to nurture, socialize and work cooperatively. This lesson plan provides many easy-to-follow tips for developing plant care activities. It includes ideas for incidental teaching as well as exploration of the life cycle.

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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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    Greek Salad

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Healthy Lifestyles, Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Heartfelt Sentiments

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    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)

    This Heartfelt craft activity is perfect for a Valentine\'s gift for a special friend or a community gift for a nursing home, homeless shelter or meals-on-wheels.

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    Holiday Fun

    Kisses Valentine Party Favors and Gift Tag

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Are you looking for a simple Valentine treat for friends or loved ones? This project for making "kiss" goody bags is super simple. Collect, wrap and just add one of the pretty gift cards included in the craft packet. Enjoy!

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    Hosting a Gathering

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Hosting a party provides a golden opportunity for learning many important social and planning skills. It promotes creativity, bonding within the group, anticipation of joy and the satisfying experience of just having a good time with friends.

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    Hosting a Holiday Boutique

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe

    This how-to lesson plan combines fund raising and fun through holding a holiday crafts fair. The step-by-step guide covers planning, preparation, set up, clean up and counting the profits. Highlight your group\'s artistry and reinforce a myriad of skills through this wonderful activity.

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    Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult
    Levels of Disability: Severe

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Indoor Snowball

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    No refrigeration is required for these snowballs!
    Donate this craft to a children's program or make a snowball centerpiece for the dining table. This project is very simple to make and can be crafted by just about anyone.

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    Jelly Bean Pots

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    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)

    Giving to others is an empowering experience. These little pots are a great spring time art activity and donation for places like meals on wheels, nursing homes, senior centers, children\'s programs, and

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    Juicing: Making Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juice

    A part of YAI's "How-To" Video series

    Topic: Healthy Lifestyles, Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Handout/Review Sheet, Video
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: All

    YAI's "How To" series of activity "recipes" promote social interaction and cognitive development. In "How to Make Juices," step-by-step instructions explain the popular art of juicing to make fresh fruit and vegetable juices using a blender. A video demonstration is also included.

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    Macaroni and Cheese

    From our Online Cookbook

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    This step-by-step photo recipe gives step-by-step pictorial and written directions for making this quick and easy meal using a packaged macaroni and cheese mix. This recipe is fun and easy-to-make, delicious to eat!

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    Making Dog Biscuits

    How To: Pet Crafts

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan, Video
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    YAI's "How To" series of activity "recipes" promote social interaction and cognitive development. In "Making Dog Biscuits," step-by-step instructions explain how to make this healthy canine snack. Consumers love making these at YAI and then bringing them to a local animal shelter.

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    Making Festive Fudge

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning)

    People with developmental disabilities enjoy the accomplishment of preparing holiday treats. This written recipe for a very festive fudge is fun to make and ambrosia for the senses. Add another layer to the experience with the optional peanut butter glaze.

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    Mustard Crusted Pork Chops

    From our Online Cookbook

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    These pork chops are rich in flavor but low in fat. This step-by-step, easy-to-make recipe is fun to cook, delicious to eat!

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    Note Cards

    Crafts For Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Everyone can create stunning artwork with this craft project. These beautiful note cards make a wonderful donation for senior centers, nursing homes or hospitals. They can be used as blank note cards or greeting cards.

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    Packing It In: Preparing Your Child for a Vacation from Parent Advocate, Jeff Stimpson

    Expert Tips & Challenges

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Children with Special Needs, Challenging Behaviors
    Format: Tips and Challenges
    Population: All
    Age Group: School Age, Adolescent
    Levels of Disability: All

    Jeff is a father of a young son with special needs. He shares with us the challenges he faces as he prepares his son Alex for camp and family vacations, and offers some hints on how to make the process more manageable.

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    Panzanella

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Healthy Lifestyles
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Adult, Young Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing — participants also practice table manners and have opportunities to engage in social interaction.

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    Paper Crafts: Making Bookmarks

    A part of YAI's "How-To" Video series

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan, Video
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Are you looking for activity ideas that are user-friendly for staff and also creative, appropriate, and functional for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? YAI's "How To" series of activities "recipes" promotes social interaction and cognitive development. In "How

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    Paper Crafts: Making Decorative Notebooks

    A part of YAI's "How-To" Video series

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Are you looking for activity ideas that are user-friendly for staff and also creative, appropriate, and functional for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities? YAI's "How To" series of activity "recipes" promote social interaction and cognitive development. In "Making

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    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult, Young Adult
    Levels of Disability: Severe

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Personal Postal Packets

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Create your own decorative envelopes and make gifts and snail mail extra special! An easy to trace template and directions are just a download away

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    Pilgrim Hat Centerpiece

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This festive Thanksgiving centerpiece repurposes a terra cotta pot in creative new ways. It makes a wonderful holiday donation to meals on wheels, senior centers, nursing homes, or children\'s programs.

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    Playing Bocce Ball

    Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Games are a wonderful way to combine social activities with healthy exercise. Bocce ball brings players out into the sunshine while they hone their coordination, concentration and gross motor skills. Download now and play!

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    Playing Chinese Checkers

    An Activity Lesson Plan

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: All

    This alternative to the traditional game of checkers uses marbles as playing pieces! It can be played by 2-6 players; the more players, the more surprises!

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    Pot of Gold

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan, Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Everyone feels empowered when they can give to others. People with developmental disabilities are no exception. Donate these great little "Pots of Gold" to Meals on Wheels as tray favors or to senior centers as table decor.

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    Pudding Parfait

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Pumpkin Pudding

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Pumpkin Spiced Whoopie Pies

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Teaching Techniques
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing. Recipes selected maximize opportunities

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    Relaxation Group from The Best of YAI

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Healthy Lifestyles, Teaching Techniques, Supporting Safety (Goal 5)
    Format: Newsletter
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    People with IDD often have not learned how to de-stress. Find out how the residents at YAI's Foothill ICF are learning to relax.

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    S'Mores in a Jar

    Easy Holiday Treat!

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Adolescent, Adult, School Age, Young Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe

    Combining the flavors of the familiar campfire treat with the seasonal sweetness of marshmallow candies, this recipe is a distinctive holiday gift in a jar.

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    Scrapbooking ~ Making Memory Albums

    a part of YAI's "How to Video" series

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Handout/Review Sheet, Lesson Plan, Video
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Senior, Adult, Young Adult, Adolescent
    Levels of Disability: Severe, Moderate, Mild (high functioning), Profound (low functioning)

    In "Scrapbooking," step-by-step instructions explain how to create this wonderful memory saver and teaching tool. This easy to use guide will help your group to design a beautiful scrapbook for any occasion. A video demonstration is also included.

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    Self-Check Tool for Bead Activities

    Topic: Teaching Techniques, Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Teaching Tool
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: All

    This easy-to-make tool is useful for all beading activities. It allows the people you work with to independently check their work. Use this as a jumping-off point for creating other self-check tools!

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    Small Package

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Design this lovely gift package using card stock, stickers and paper or fabric scraps. Perfect for packaging handmade gifts for a gift sale, or as a festive donation to a senior center.

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    Snazzy Spec Cases

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Create and donate these great eyeglass cases to nursing homes or senior centers. Made of felt and sewn with large needles, this project looks really beautiful when completed. Tracing patterns are included for a project that is fun to make

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    Snowman Soup

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Handout/Review Sheet, Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Senior, Adult, Young Adult, Adolescent, School Age
    Levels of Disability: Profound (low functioning), Severe, Moderate, Mild (high functioning)

    This simple craft is a great way to get your group involved in the community during the holiday season. These step-by-step instructions will help you to put together a great seasonal gift for giving or donation.

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    Sock Caterpillar

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Use these cute and cuddly caterpillars to donate to a children\'s hospital or a children\'s program at your local library. Super easy to make, this project is perfect for groups with different cognitive and fine motor abilities. Stuff and tie

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    Spinach & Cheese Quiche

    From our Online Cookbook

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    People with developmental disabilities can enjoy the accomplishment of cooking a meal more independently by following this photo recipe, which gives step-by-step pictorial and written directions for making a delicious spinach quiche. This dish is hearty, colorful, fun to make and to eat!

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    Spinach and Feta Pita Bake

    From our "Simply Cooking" collection

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Individuals of all capabilities can participate in meaningful food preparation. Using pictorial recipes, group participants learn about ingredients and tools used in preparing simple recipes and engage in tasks such as mixing, measuring, spreading and slicing.

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    Stress Balls

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This craft is easy is do, inexpensive to make and fun to use! Make this wonderful tool for easing stress out of a simple balloon and easy to find fillers. Give one as a get well gift and keep another handy for your own use!

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    Sweet Pea Pots

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    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)

    Combine the joy of making a craft with the pride of giving to others. Use these pretty little pots as a donation to meals on wheels, nursing homes, senior centers or children\'s programs.

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    Taco Salad

    From our Online Cookbook

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: Adult
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate

    People with developmental disabilities can enjoy the accomplishment of cooking a meal more independently by following this photo recipe, which gives step-by-step pictorial and written directions for making a hearty taco salad. The recipe combines the flavor of traditional tacos with heart-healthy ingredients. Fun and easy-to-make, delicious to eat!

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    Take-Out Gift Boxes

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Handout/Review Sheet, Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Create a holiday centerpiece to decorate a dining table, donate to a senior center or sell at a holiday gift sale. The step-by-step instructions explain how to make this creative holiday gift box. Your group will love creating these extra special boxes to hold their treasured items.

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    Tic-Tac-Toe

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    We\'ve all loved playing tic-tac-toe on paper. Here is a movable piece game the ups the ante and provides even more sensory experience. Made from cardboard and foam pieces, this craft requires some cutting skills and provides opportunities for sorting and packaging.

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    Tie-Dyed Socks

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This is a craft project that anyone can make and every design is a winner. The instructions include simple methods for creating a myriad of patterns using rubber bands and pennies. Make them for holiday gifts or as a great donation to hospitals, nursing homes, and children's programs!

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    Turkey Napkin Holder

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    This festive decoration can be used as a holiday donation to meals on wheels, nursing homes and senior centers. Making this napkin ring requires easy to find colored paper and poster board plus a few googly eyes.

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    Window Gift Bags

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    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)

    The budding artists in your program will have fun making this attractive gift bag. It's perfect for cheering children and seniors alike.

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    Working with Watercolor: Wet on Wet Painting Techniques

    Simply Artistic! A Fine Arts Program

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts, Having a Home (Goal 6)
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: All
    Age Group: All
    Levels of Disability: All

    Using professional quality supplies and multisensory tools, people of all capabilities can produce beautiful works of art. In addition to having the opportunity to engage in creative activity, participants learn about materials, tools and techniques used with various mediums. Art

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    Wrapped Pillows

    Crafts for Community Donation

    Topic: Leisure and Crafts
    Format: Lesson Plan
    Population: Family Members
    Age Group: Adolescent, Young Adult, Adult, Senior
    Levels of Disability: Mild (high functioning), Moderate, Severe, Profound (low functioning)

    Soft, cuddly, beautiful ~ these lovely pillows are great fun to make. Donate them to nursing homes or senior centers or use them to decorate your program.

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