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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Mindfulness is a way of relating directly to whatever is happening in your life, meeting your experience skillfully, and with an open heart. This training will focus on using mindfulness-based techniques to reduce stress and promote emotional and mental well-being.

The training course is open to people ages 17 and up with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and will be supported by YAI staff and each other.


Based in NYC, participants can be from any of the 5 boroughs. Takes place on Tuesday evenings we open our studio to people with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities looking to advance their creative voice and expand their creative community. We offer mentorship from working artists and opportunities to submit work for exhibition. Artists must provide documentation of developmental or intellectual disability.

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WOW is an innovative arts program that provides opportunities for adults aged 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities to advance their creative voice and become working artists.

Program currently runs Monday to Thursday 10 AM - 3 PM