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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

OPWDD eligibility and residing at home with family are required to enroll in this service.


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. 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.


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.

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The Manhattan Star Academy’s mission is to provide high-quality services to your children and their families in a comprehensive, developmentally based program which focuses on the whole child. 

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A short-term, in-home based training program dedicated to helping caregivers manage their child's/family member's challenging behaviors.

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Audiology focuses on comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitative services for all areas of hearing impairments.

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Dentistry focuses on oral care. Premier Healthcare specializes in providing routine dental services. Desensitization is available to patients who may be hesitant during dental visits.

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Funding for eligible families to help pay for respite services in an emergency situation. 

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Extend-A-Family offers overnight respite in the home of a trained family.

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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.