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

Covered emergencies can include:

  • Medical hospitalization
  • Attending a funeral
  • Family member sickness 
  • Assistance with challenging behaviors
  • Other emergencies (please call)

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Extend-A-Family offers overnight respite. This service is available for week-long stays, school vacations, and in emergency situations. Room, board, and 24-hour supervision for the family member are provided by trained respite hosts in their homes. Nutritious meals and recreational activities are provided at the respite location, as well as, in the community.

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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.

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Neurology focuses on the treatment of diseases affecting the nervous and neuromuscular systems, including the brain and spinal cord.

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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.

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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. 

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Ophthalmologists focus on disorders of the eye. An ophthalmologist can prescribe glasses when necessary.

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Physical therapy (PT) is effective in treating patients' muscle strength, coordination, range of motion, endurance, balance, gait, pain, and muscle tone to improve functional performance and/or prevent regression. PT helps patients' areas of performance including safety during ambulation, transfers, positioning, orthotic and prosthetic training and fitting, and wheelchair management. ​

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Podiatry focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.

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Primary care providers focus on Internal Medicine, Family Practice, and Pediatrics.

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Trained specialists provide individualized skills training in the home and the community. Focus is on a person's strengths and critical skills for development, including building skills and independence in the areas of self care, social skills development, money management, life safety, household tasks, enjoying the community, and job success.

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The Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinic Services individuals with needs for braces, special shoes, and other orthotics needs for upper and lower extremities as well as trunk corsets.  A Physical Therapist and an Orthotist evaluate and treat and provide the device as per need.

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Psychiatrists provide services representing the full range of psychiatric and developmental disorders. Patients usually come to Premier HealthCare for psychiatry for a diagnosis and/or medication management. Premier does not offer emergency psychiatric services.

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YAI's psychological testing unit provides diagnostic evaluations to assist in determining the presence or absence of a developmental disability according to guidelines of the State of New York through the use of well-substantiated measures. Recommendations are made based on direct observation and interaction, interviews, and available records.

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YAI’s psychological testing unit conducts Guardianship Determination Assessments for parents seeking to obtain legal guardianship of their sons or daughters once they turn age 18. As part of the assessment, a YAI licensed psychologist completes the Surrogate Court of New York 17-A Affidavit of Examining Psychologist to indicate whether guardianship is warranted.

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YAI's psychosocial evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of a person's history from birth until the present time. The assessment information is gathered from the parent/guardian and previous evaluations. The psychosocial details areas such as family composition, history of disability (if there is one), educational, social, medical and mental health histories, and activities of daily living. The goal of the evaluation is to provide the family/guardian/residence with supportive resources that could aid in the person's growth and achievement of goals.

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Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental and emotional disorders through the use of psychological techniques designed to encourage communication of conflicts and insight into problems, with the goal being relief of symptoms, changes in behavior leading to improved social and vocational functioning, and personality growth. Individual, collateral, family, and group therapy are offered. 

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Speech and Language Pathology (SLP) is a clinical service that offers assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders. The therapist determines the speech, language, cognitive communication and feeding/swallowing needs of patients along with the best ways to treat them.

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Residential services are provided in NYC, Long Island, Weschester county, Rockland county and some parts of New Jersey. Options include 24 hour supervised residences and less than 24 hour supportive residences. 

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Diagnostic evaluations to determine the presence or absence of autism spectrum disorders through YAI's Autism Center and the Center for Specialty Therapy. The Autism Center also provides private pay neuropsychological evaluations to determine a person's levels of functioning in a variety of areas.


Based in NYC, participants can be from any of the 5 boroughs. 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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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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The YAI Network has been awarded a grant from the Department of Transportation to provide a comprehensive Travel Training program to agencies across New York City.  This program has four components: 


Posture care is an innovative approach that improves physical and mental well-being in people with disabilities through symmetrical body alignment. Posture care is facilitated by Physical Therapists and is designed to integrate into other interventions, including rehabilitation services.  

Based on a UK model, posture care is gaining popularity in the United States. The technique uses a gentle, non-invasive approach to improve the distribution of force on joints, ligaments, and muscles.