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Without Walls (WOW) is an art program that provides opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York City to channel their creativity and become working artists.

With the support of artist mentors, WOW artists create work based on their unique interests. WOW artists enhance their skills, develop their careers, and experience New York's art scene.

Training for Caregivers

Group training for parents/caregivers of people with developmental disabilities. Focusing on teaching specific behavior techniques to promote positive family interactions and improve communication.

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Providing assistance to organizations and governments around the world in the support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)

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Crisis Prevention and Response

Providing crisis prevention and response for people (ages 6 and above) with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who present with complex behavioral and mental health needs.

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Funds can be provided to families for services and goods that are not reimbursed through existing programs or funding streams.

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A team of behavioral intervention specialists and social workers provides information and referral, advocacy, short-term crisis counseling and/or in-home behavioral interventions for families in crisis.

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YAI's Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) is a 24 week course which provides the opportunity for adults, 18 years of age and older, to learn and develop in a group setting. Sessions focus on judgment, decision making, risk-taking, recognizing strengths, problem-solving, self-esteem, and self-advocacy. 

Navigating the System for People with Developmental Disabilities

Free workshops focusing on helping people learn about eligibility to the DD service system, new procedures, and what services can be available. Online registration available.

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Desensitization uses a team approach using a doctor or dentist, occupational therapist, and behaviorist to help people overcome fears related to dental or medical procedures. Participants will learn techniques to increase comfort level and cooperation during a dental or doctor visit. Parent information sessions are also offered.

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Day Hab Without Walls offers individualized and group activities designed to teach life and community safety skills, build relationships, promote independence, provides volunteer opportunities, and vocational skill building. The focus is on each person's strengths while participating in the larger community. 21+

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A wide variety of Saturday recreation activities for children and teens, ages 6-18.

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A school break recreation program for children aged 6-18 years old who reside in Manhattan. Providing community activities and socialization opportunities in a 3:1 staffing ratio.

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Overnight respite is offered for up to 2 weeks at a time in a wheelchair accessible facility in LeFrak City, Queens; for Brooklyn and Queens residents, ages 12 and up. This program is located in an area with access to numerous recreational opportunities.

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A school break recreation program for children aged 6-18 years old. Providing community activities and socialization opportunities in a 3:1 staffing ratio.

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In-home and community-based training program designed to empower mothers and fathers, who have a developmental disability, that need support in improving the parent-child relationship.

Manhattan Recreation Services

This club provides ongoing support to relatively independent adults, ages 16 and up, through recreational/cultural activities and discussion groups for increased self-awareness.

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Afterschool programs provide educational and recreational activities for students. 

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Social Skills Building Network is a prevocational program that runs year-round groups for adults 18 and over (with or without diagnoses) that teaches and improves micro and macro skills in areas that are vital to success in the workplace, college, or everyday interactions. Offered in Wayne and Parsippany.

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The program Broader Horizons is a community-based recreational program for adults primarily with autism spectrum disorders. 

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This program prepares participants for competitive employment through pre-vocational and day habilitation internships and volunteer opportunities at various sites throughout the community. Job coaches provide participants with on-site support to ensure success.

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This program offers recreational activities for people, ages 16 and up. Activities include arts and crafts, drama groups, trips, ball games, and other community events. Limited transportation available.