Service Openings

Family Services

About YAI’s Family Services

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

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 YAI LINK at 212-273-6182. See latest group schedule

YAI Autism Center – Offering private pay programs in yoga with balletd/ance social skills groups and music therapy. Call 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.

Family Reimbursement – for Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens families. Contact Shanique Soto at 212-273-6585.

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 Tanicqua Davis  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 for more information 212-273-6182.

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 for more info 212-273-6182.

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

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.

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+. Contact LINK for an application at 212-273-6182.

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

Project Grow – 7-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 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 and Spanish. Call 212-273-6259.

Bronx In-Home Respite – In-home respite for children and adults with DD. Contact Tanicqua Davis 212-273-6503.

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

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 or Pamela Accardo at 212-645-1616, ext. 618

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 or Pamela Accardo at 212-645-1616, ext.  618

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 Somaipers 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. Contact LINK for more information 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 x618 or Edna Bey at 212-645-1616 x620.

Manhattan Socialization Groups – For individuals with Asperger’s, Wednesday's at 460 W. 34th St., at 2:15 p.m. Another socialization group for adults, 30 and older, Tuesday's at 460 W. 34th St., at 5 p.m. For more information, call 212-273-6182.

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.

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 YAI LINK at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, 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