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.
A team of behavioral intervention specialists and social workers provides information and referral, advocacy, short-term crisis counseling and/or in-home behavioral interventions for families in crisis.
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.
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 through training, volunteer opportunities, and 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.
Overnight respite provides 24-hour supervision from Friday afternoon until Monday morning for people, ages 5 and up. Services are also available for certain week long stays and school vacations. Nutritious meals and recreational activities are provided on site and in the community.
The International Academy of Hope (iHOPE) is a highly specialized brain injury school in New York City. It meets a significant and unmet need in the NYC community, while also serving as a world-class model of best practices and high tech solutions in the delivery of educational brain injury services.
A short-term, in-home based training program dedicated to helping caregivers manage their child's/family member's challenging behaviors. The service is designed to help caregivers better understand and more effectively cope with their child's/family member's needs. Training may focus on behavioral issues and daily living skills, such as toileting.
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.