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YAI's Independent Living Program (ILP) is a 26 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.


YAI ARTS is an innovative arts program in New York City for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities looking to develop their creative voice and become working artists.

Operating as an open studio, YAI ARTS champions individual self expression, encouraging artists to work with the media and topics of their choosing. Artists receive mentorship, portfolio development, access to materials, workshops, art critiques, and field trips to galleries and museums.