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.
The program Broader Horizons is a community-based recreational program for adults primarily with autism spectrum disorders. The program offers the opportunity for people to make friends and socialize through group activities. It provides a supportive and supervised environment in which participants can expand their social circles and become active members of the community. Participants will enjoy leisure and recreational activities that will focus on improving and developing self-esteem, maturity, and independence.
This program prepares people for competitive employment through pre-vocational and day habilitation internships, as well as volunteer opportunities at various sites throughout the community. Job coaches provide participants with on-site support to ensure success.
Comprehensive training to prepare adults with a mild disability to live as independently as possible. Monthly group meetings are provided for parents/caregivers to assist them in supporting their relative in transition to greater independence.
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.
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 Pre-Vocational Program provides services to people who at some point would like employment. The program focuses on partcipants' employability and socialization skills by introducing them them to various internships and volunteer sites.
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).
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.
Weekend Overnight Respite offers the opportunity for the caregiver to receive a break from their daily care-taking responsibilities, while offering the participant an opportunity to be more independent from their family.
Non-Medicaid Service Coordination (Non-Medicaid case mangement) is short term service coordination to assist people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families in planning for and accessing services and supports.
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.
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.