Making a future, beginning today
Since 1979, YAI Day Services have been helping adults with developmental disabilities achieve their fullest potential for independence, individuality, productivity and inclusion in their communities. Today, we serve more than 1,200 people each day across 13 programs throughout New York City and Westchester County.
We believe that each individual, at every age and level of ability, has the potential for growth and is entitled to the same dignity, respect and opportunities as all other members of society. With a focus on volunteerism, community inclusion and teaching functional rather than academic skills, YAI Day Services offer a variety of opportunities tailored to meet the interests, needs and values of the individuals we serve.
Our innovative model of programming, along with our partnerships with parents, professionals, businesses and local community members, enable the people we serve to build practical skills that facilitate greater independence, productivity and pride.
To learn more about Day Services at the YAI Network, please contact YAI LINK, our information and referral service, at 212.273.6182. Our information and referral specialists will happily assist you!
Learning, Connecting and Contributing: Volunteerism
At YAI, we believe that volunteerism enables individuals with developmental disabilities to develop a variety of skills and to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Through a wide range of volunteer opportunities at more then 170 non-profit organizations in our local communities, as well as center-based community service projects, the people we serve learn fundamental skills in areas of self-awareness, communication, community safety, socialization, personal care, mobility, sensory integration and employment readiness. At the end of each day, our program participants can take pride in knowing that they have helped others and have contributed to their local community.
Our volunteer partners include:
•Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
•Westchester Music Conservatory
•LaGuardia Community College
•Visiting Nurse Services of New York
•St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital
•Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office
•New York City Aquarium
•Queens Central Library
Reading, Writing and Real Life
At YAI, opportunities for learning and growth never end. We are committed to enhancing our participants’ functional academic skills to the fullest. The people we serve learn the practical skills necessary to be as independent and productive as possible. At our day habilitation programs, our staff teach people with disabilities reading, writing, math and computer skills through and with an emphasis on day-to-day, real life experiences. The skills participants learn facilitate community integration and serve as building blocks for future independence.
Each day, our participants receive hands-on training in:
• Money skills
• Community travel
• Clerical work
• Utilizing public transportation
• Computer use
• Developing friendships
• Functional reading skills
• Problem solving
• Community service
• Personal care
Paving the Road to Employment
Employment is one of the central activities in our lives, providing new meaning and dimension. YAI Day Services facilitate part-time employment opportunities for adults with disabilities who have demonstrated the skills, motivation and level of independence to join the workforce. Through a variety of blended service models (part-time day habilitation/part-time employment, internships, day habilitation without walls), we provide continual supports to pave the road to employment. Program participants who are employed are provided with job coaching, travel training and professional skills development. Hands-on supports and training are provided to meet each individual’s needs and facilitate opportunities to obtain and maintain competitive employment. Our goal is that each person will develop the necessary skills to achieve his or maximum potential for employment.
Employers of our participants include:
• Queens Extended Care Center
• Polytech University
• Heartland Brewery
• Material for the Arts
• Barnes & Nobles