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Overview of Services

Staying Healthy

Finding quality health care can be difficult for all of us. For people with developmental disabilities and their families, the experience can be even more daunting. The YAI/NIPD Network offers a full-range of primary and specialty health care services, as well as comprehensive therapeutic services to help people of all ages feel their best, physically and mentally.

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Premier HealthCare offers comprehensive, coordinated, specialty medical and dental services with an essential extra: the sensitivity to address unique needs. In seven locations throughout New York City, people with disabilities and their families can receive all of their medical care—under one roof. The Center for Specialty Therapy provides evaluations and therapeutic services on-site and in group homes. Caring and professional physical, occupational, speech and psychological therapists help people of all ages achieve their highest level of independence.

To learn more about health care and clinical services at the YAI/NIPD Network, please contact YAI LINK, our information and referral service, at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, 212-273-6182 or TDD 212-290-2787. Our information and referral specialists will happily assist you!

Learning

All children need nurturing in order to learn and grow. Children with developmental delays or disabilities need something extra—special, individualized assistance to reach the milestone of childhood and help to achieve their own and their families’ dreams.

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Founded in 1979, the New York League for Early Learning joined the YAI Network in 1992. NYL helps children with developmental delays and disabilities to realize their full potential in nurturing and supportive learning environments. Services for infants include early intervention, including occupational, physical and speech therapy, as well as Applied Behavior Analysis. NYL also operates seven preschools throughout New York City.

To learn more about early childhood services at the YAI Network, please contact YAI LINK, our information and referral service, at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, 212-273-6182 or TDD 212-290-2787. Our information and referral specialists will happily assist you!

Working

Work is one of life’s central activities. By creating opportunities for steady, secure employment for people with developmental disabilities, businesses and corporations affect deep social and personal change. For people with disabilities, the opportunity to work gives life new meaning and dimension as they apply their skills, earn a paycheck and receive thanks for a job well done.

Worker for The Corporate Source

The YAI Network helps the people we serve find meaningful occupations through our Employment Initiatives job training programs and through volunteer opportunities in our Day Services programs. In addition, The Corporate Source, a member of the YAI Network, establishes outsourcing agreements with the government and private sector in New York and Puerto Rico.

To learn more about employment services at the YAI Network, please contact YAI LINK, our information and referral service, at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, 212-273-6182 or TDD 212-290-2787. Our information and referral specialists will happily assist you! 

Playing

CPC Run

Spending quality leisure time with friends is essential for living life to its fullest—regardless of our age or abilities. The YAI/NIPD Network believes that recreational activities provide meaningful social interactions for people with disabilities of all ages. Through day and sleepover camps, after-school and weekend programs, and adult travel, sports and recreational activities, people with disabilities learn to be more independent and forge relationships with people outside of their families.

To learn more about recreational services available through the YAI Network, please contact YAI LINK our information and referral service, at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, 212-273-6182 or TDD 212-290-2787. Our information and referral specialists will happily assist you!

No Place Like Home

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At the YAI/NIPD Network, we know that the places we call home are fundamental to living a secure, healthy and happy life. Through member agencies YAI, Rockland County Association for the Learning Disabled and the National Institute for People with Disabilities of New Jersey, people of all ages can learn to be more independent and comfortable in their homes. The YAI Network offers a wide-range of living options for individuals through dignified group residences and supported living apartments. Well-trained, experienced and caring staff provide as much or as little support as necessary.

To learn more about community living options, please contact YAI LINK,  our information and referral service, at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, 212-273-6182 or TDD 212-290-2787. Our information and referral specialists will happily assist you!

Family Support

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Having a family member with a developmental disability can be overwhelming at times. The YAI Network is here to help families learn how to balance stress, navigate the system, advocate for your loved one and access services.

To learn more about family support services at the YAI Network, please contact YAI LINK, our information and referral service, at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, 212-273-6182 or TDD 212-290-2787. Our information and referral specialists will happily assist you!

Creating

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All over the YAI Network -- in recreation, residential, preschool, employment and day programs -- children, teenagers and adults with disabilities are finding beautiful and new ways to express themselves every day. In fact, for some of the people we serve, painting, drawing, photography or sculpture are their primary modes for expressing their feelings, needs, beliefs and attitudes about the world. Whether it's a fingerpainting by a 3-year-old, a photograph by a teen or an adult's oil painting of Manhattan, art provides an avenue for enrichment and connection with the people and environment around us. Art is also a way that some of our talented staff members share their passions and gifts with the people in their programs.

Autism

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The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is at an all-time high,  partly as the result of improved understanding and identification of symptoms. Indeed, one child in 150 is now diagnosed with an ASD. Currently, there is an acute shortage of high-quality, comprehensive services and programs for people with autism. To learn about autism services for children, adults and families in the New York metropolitan area, please contact 1-888-YAI-Autism.

Aging

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Thanks to advances in community-based services, including healthcare, therapy and day services, people with developmental disabilities are living longer, healthier, happier lives than ever before. Helping the people we serve to live long, quality lives, in which they never stop learning and growing, is a major focus of the YAI Network. By retrofitting our residences to make them fully accessible; creating flexible, in-home day programs; and providing nursing and healthcare coordination with our doctors at Premier HealthCare, we are ensuring that our seniors with disabilities "age in place," in dignity and comfort.