Service Openings

Family Services

Some of these programs have specific eligibility, paperwork and/or insurance requirements. Please feel free to contact ►LINK at 212-273-6182 for more information on these requirements or to find out how to apply.

About YAI’s Family Services

Family Support Group for Caregivers of Children with Autism – Parent/caregiver support group for parents of children with autism of all ages. For more information, please contact ►LINK at 212-273-6182 or see latest group schedule to register online

Free Education Workshops - Free workshops on a variety of topics held throughout the city. Check out the webpage for more information and to register online

Phone in support groups – for parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities.  45 min groups moderated by a clinician from YAI. Contact YAI ►LINK at 212-273-6182

YAI Autism Center – Offering private pay programs in yoga with balletd/ance social skills groups and music therapy. Call ►LINK at 212-273-6182 for more information

Toilet training – 6-week program for parents living in Manhattan (through Project Intervene). Contact Danielle Bardwell at 212-273-6314

Manhattan Overnight Respite – Ages 5 and up.  Must be ambulatory. Contact Vanessa White Germany at 212-255-2673

Manhattan Holiday Respite – ages 6-18 with DD, live at home with their family. Taking applications for waiting list – contact Jenaire Feimster at 212-273-6503

Independent Living Program – 6-month classroom course for adults looking to develop their independent living skills. For Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan residents. Call ►LINK at 212-273-6182 for more information

Autism Social Skills Groups – Currently accepting applications for Social Skills Groups for children ages 9-18 in Manhattan with ASD. In Brooklyn, for children ages 5-12 years old with ASD. Children must reside at home with their family, be verbal with no major behaviors and OPWDD eligibility is needed. Contact ►LINK at 212-273-6182

Brooklyn Yoga Ballet – 10-week Yoga/Ballet class for girls and boys with autism, from age 6- to 10-years-old. Contact ►LINK at 212-273-6182 for more information

Leisure Trax – Vacations/trips for adults 18 or older, free or low cost for those living with family in the Bronx. Trips are open to groups from other boroughs – contact 212-273-6254 or see our Leisure Trax page

Bronx Shoulder to Shoulder – A support group for father’s and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities – Contact Justin Stanford at 212-273-6100 x 2872 or email justin.stanford@yai.org

Brooklyn Extend-a-Family – Overnight respite provided in home of host family.  Ready availability for young children who are non-ambulatory. Contact Cheryl Jones at 718-743-5311. Also looking for Brooklyn families who would like to host. Families are fully trained and reimbursed by YAI. Call Cheryl Jones at 718-743-5311 for more information

Emergency Respite Reimbursement - for Brooklyn (call Cheryl Jones at 718-743-5311), Queens (call Jackie Nunez at 718-793-2182 x 231) & Manhattan (call Maria Leonardo at 212-273-6229) families

Brooklyn Saturday Drop Off – Saturday Recreation program for individuals age 16+. Contact Cheryl Jones 718-743-5311

Brooklyn Children & Adolescent Program (BCAP) – Saturday recreation program children age 6+. for an application contact ►LINK at 212-273-6182

Brooklyn Leisure Trax – Recreation program for individuals age 16+. Contact Nefie White 718-793-8695, ext.  218

Project Grow – 5-week parent training for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Program available to parents whose children live at home with them in Manhattan, the Bronx, or Staten Island. Day and evening groups in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese available. Call 212-273-6259

Project Grown-Up – 5-week training for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Program available to parents whose children live at home with them in Manhattan or Queens. Day and evening groups in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese available. Call 212-273-6259

Bronx In-Home Respite – In-home respite for children and adults with DD. Contact Jenaire Feimster at 212-273-6503

Queens  & Manhattan Crisis Intervention – In-home behavior management provided in English and Spanish. Parent training groups also offered. For Queens call Alison Fichera 718-793-2182, ext. 221 or Jackie Nuňez 718-793-2182, ext. 231 (Spanish). For Manhattan call 212-273-6200

Queens Family Training Program – 6-week parent training for parents of children with developmental disabilities in English and Spanish through the Queens Crisis Intervention program. Contact Jackie Nuňez 718-793-2182, ext. 231

Queens Saturday Recreation Programs – Recreation programs for individuals age 16+. Contact Edna Bey  at  212-645-1616 , ext. 620

Queens Thank Goodness It’s the Weekend – Evening social 2 Fridays a month, for individuals age 16+. Call. Edna Bey at 212-645-1616, ext.  620

Parents with Special Needs – Accepting referrals for training for parents with DD who live with their children in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Contact  Lewanda Wallace at 212-273-6100, ext.  2360 for Manhattan and Brooklyn or contact Nafiza Somaipersad for Queens 718-793-2182, ext.  203

Queens In-Home Respite – In-home respite for ID/DD children ages 3 and up. Contact Stacy Tinglin 718-793-8695, ext. 210

Queens After School Program – After School program for children ages 6- to 21-years-old , residing in Queens. Contact Stacy Tinglin 718-793-8695, ext.  210.

Queens and Brooklyn: FREE Psychologicals and Psychosocials – evaluations for those who are not Medicaid eligible and applying for OPWDDYAI Autism Center: Offering private pay programs in yoga with ballet/dance, social skills groups and music therapy. Call 212-273-6182 for more information

Autism Social Skills Groups – Currently accepting applications for social skills groups for children ages 9-18 in Manhattan with ASD. In Brooklyn for children ages 5-12 with ASD. Children must reside at home with their family, be verbal with no major behaviors and OPWDD eligibility is needed. For more information contact ►LINK at 212-273-6182

Manhattan Recreation Programs – Recreation programs for individuals with DD, 18 and older, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Openings for individuals living anywhere in NYC. Activities include weeknight group activities and Saturday trips. All levels welcome. No transportation provided. Contact Pamela Accardo at 212-645-1616 ext. 618 or Edna Bey at 212-645-1616 ext. 620

Family Reimbursement – Provides limited funds to families for services and goods that are not reimbursed through other programs or funding streams. For Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens residents. Contact Shanique Soto at 212-273-6585

Queens & Brooklyn: FREE Psychologicals and Psychosocials – evaluations for those who are not Medicaid eligible and applying for OPWDD services. Call ►LINK at 212-273-6182

►Manhattan STAR Academy

About Manhattan STAR Academy

Manhattan – Accepting inquiries for the school, a unique learning opportunity for elementary school children. Call Rae Eisdorfer at 212-420-0510 for more information, application and tuition

►Premier HealthCare

About Premier HealthCare

Manhattan – Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, podiatry, dermatology, OT, PT, speech, prosthetics and orthotics, endocrinology, weight management program, and Program for People with Physical Disabilities

Bronx – Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, podiatry, nutrition, OT, and PT

Queens – Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, dental desensitization program, podiatry, gynecology, OT, PT speech and nutrtion

Brooklyn – Openings for internal medicine, dentistry, dental desensitization program, gynecology, podiatry, OT, PT, speech, nutrition and audiology

For new referrals, additional services or information, contact ►LINK at 212-273-6182, TDD: 212-290-2787

►Center for Specialty Therapy

About YAI's Center for Specialty Therapy

Manhattan – There is ready availability for psychosocial evaluations in English and Spanish

Queens – There is ready availability for psychological evaluations in English and psychosocial evaluations in English and Spanish. Evening and Saturday hours available. 

Brooklyn – There is ready availability for psychosocial evaluations in English and Spanish, and there is ready availability of psychotherapy, particularly in mornings. 

Bronx – There is ready availability for psychosocial evaluations in English

Day Services

About YAI's Day Services

Manhattan Accepting referrals for openings. Contact Domingo Hernandez at 212-645-1616,  ext. 634.

Brooklyn   Accepting applications for ambulatory individuals. Contact Nia Cordani at 718-646-7699, ext. 312.

Employment Services

About YAI's Employment Services

Manhattan Employment Services  – Openings available. Contact Satera Febus at 212-273-6100, ext. 2448.

Brooklyn Supported Work and Training  – Accepting applications employment services for adults with DD. Contact Stefon Smith at 718-368-9311.

Queens Supported Work and Training  Accepting applications. Contact Chris Bechler at 718-389-1300, ext. 227.

There are openings citywide for people with developmental disabilities who are employed and need follow-along support services.

Residential Services

About YAI's Residential Services