You can also review our Eligibility FAQ or take our short Eligibility Survey to find out if you are likely eligible for YAI services funded through the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Please feel free to call us at 212.273.6182 if you need further help understanding how to access supports and services.
Employment services provide job-skills training, resume writing, interview preparation, application help, intensive job coaching, and follow along support to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who wish to obtain and maintain competitive employment.
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.
This club provides ongoing support to relatively independent adults, ages 16 and up, through recreational/cultural activities and discussion groups for increased self-awareness. Activities include arts and crafts, drama groups, trips, ball games, and other community events.
A socialization/recreation program designed to assist adults in achieving greater independence. Key components for our members include engaging in recreational activities, making friends, learning and practicing practical living skills. Members can participate 1-3 times per week based on need and availability.
Hankering For More's primary goal is to help its adult members spark social connections with peers that allow them to create and maintain their own social network without staff support and outside of formal HFM events.
Leisure Trax offers adults with developmental and learning disabilities vacation and travel opportunities, including weekend trips and extended vacations with domestic and international destinations. Free travel (some trips) offered to eligible people who reside in the Bronx. Also can potentially offer as a waiver respite to people 18+ residing in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, or Brooklyn at home with their families.
In partnership with the Frost Valley YMCA sleepaway camp, YAI/NIPD offers an award-winning inclusive camping experience in the Catskills to children and teens with developmental and learning disabilities, ages 8 and up.
The Community Based Pre-vocational Program provides support in the development of work skills via volunteering & internships in non profit & for profit environments. The objective is to move towards obtaining and retaining employment.
In order for an adult to engage in sexual activity with another adult, legally each person must be able to provide informed consent. Being able to provide informed consent is normally automatic based upon attaining a legal age as mandated in each state. However, if a person has an intellectual/developmental disability, the courts will defer to professionals in our field to make that determination. Sexual consent determinations can only be done with people who are the age of legal consent or older (in New York State the legal age is 17).
The emphasis of day habilitation is participation in the larger community. Most activities occur outside of the day habilitation walls. By participating as volunteers at various organizations, participants have daily opportunities to develop skills, including safe travel using public transportation and community integration.
The YAI AAC Center provides comprehensive evaluations for any person with complex communication needs. Follow-up training, therapy, and programming is available for new device users as well as those who have previously acquired a device.
In-home respite provides families with a break from their daily routine. Trained staff provides scheduled care for a family member with a disability. This service gives the person new opportunities to develop greater independence.
Medical social work helps patients resolve social and psychosocial issues related to illness and disability. Assistance offered includes short term case management, crisis intervention, counseling, and advocacy.
These services are provided by a registered dietitian (certified nutritionist) under the supervision of a physician. Before any nutrition service is scheduled, a Nutrition Service Referral Form must be completed by the patient’s primary care provider, this allows for patients to receive a comprehensive initial evaluation reviewing medical, surgical, and weight history along with relevant blood work to assess their specific nutritional needs. The nutritionist will work with patients and family on an ongoing basis to provide counseling and nutrition education.
Occupational therapy (OT) is effective in treating a patient’s sensorimotor, oral-motor, perceptual, neuromusculoskeletal functioning, cognitive and psychosocial components to improve functional performance and/or prevent regression. OT helps patients in areas of performance including basic and instrumental activities of daily living, health management, work and productive activities, community reintegration, and physical leisure participation for improvement of health.