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Long Island Employment Services offer pre-vocational and day habilitation services to prepare people for the world of work. We then support people on the job once they have obtained employment.

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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Day Habilitation offers individualized and group activities designed to teach life skills, build relationships, promote independence, and provide engagement in the community.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Trained specialists provide individualized skills training in the home and the community. Focus is on a person's strengths and life 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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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.

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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.

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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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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.

YAI’s Center for Innovation and Engagement understands how technology can help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities better participate in their community. People of all ages use mobile devices to communicate, listen to music, complete courses, play games, travel, and pay bills. With training, those who receive support from YAI can develop the independence to do so as well.  

The Center for Innovation and Engagement is focused on empowering people in four key areas: