Find a YAI Service

Filter Results

More information about applying for a service and availability

Pages

Painting of Frida Kahlo completed by a member of WOW

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.

the word community surrounded by a collection of other words

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.

YAI Seeing beyond disability. CSIDD

Crisis Prevention and Response

Providing crisis prevention and response for people (ages 6 and above) with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who present with complex behavioral and mental health needs.

 Icon image of money on a green background

Funds can be provided to families for services and goods that are not reimbursed through existing programs or funding streams.

image of a yellow exclamation point on a red circle background

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.

Independent Living Skills Program Logo with blue clouds and birds

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.

graphic of a tooth and stethascope

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.

Image of a bed

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. This program is located in an area with access to numerous recreational opportunities.

Parents holding hand with child next to PWSN logo

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. Activities include arts and crafts, drama groups, trips, ball games, and other community events. 

schoolhouse with children in the schoolyard

Afterschool programs provide educational and recreational activities for students. 

Logo for employment service with 8 circles with work-related icons around a person icon

Employment services provide job-skills training, resume development, interview preparation, application assistance, intensive job-coaching and follow-along support to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who wish to obtain and maintain competitive employment.

HFM

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.

picture of a suitcase

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.

campers

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.

YAI ARTS logo

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.

employment logo with icons representing work tasks

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.

Check box set of "yes" and "no" - with "yes" checked off.

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).

Day hab logo with a hand, group of people, building and MTA logo in a puzzle piece circle

Per Laura- Right now, we are only taking names and putting them on a wait list.

How to refer to Day Hab: 

The person must have OPWDD and Waiver eligibility. They must also have a CM. Once you have established that they have this start on the following script.  

  1. Describe both kinds of Day Hab.  

  1. Are you able to travel independently 

  1. If yes, talk to them about Day Hab WOW. If they want this, give them the WOW contact.  

  1. If no, talk to them about traditional Day Hab. Give them the Day Hab contact. 

  1. Are you interested in gaining skills around employment?  

  1. If yes, go to the How to Refer to Employment section/to the SEMP and Pre Voc services to see if they are a good fit for one of these programs.  

Day hab logo with a hand, group of people, building and MTA logo in a puzzle piece circle

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.

Day hab logo with a hand, group of people, building and MTA logo in a puzzle piece circle

How to refer to Day Hab: 

The person must have OPWDD and Waiver eligibility. They must also have a CM. Once you have established that they have this start on the following script.  

  1. Describe both kinds of Day Hab.  

  1. Are you able to travel independently 

  1. If yes, talk to them about Day Hab WOW. If they want this, give them the WOW contact.  

  1. If no, talk to them about traditional Day Hab. Give them the Day Hab contact. 

  1. Are you interested in gaining skills around employment?  

  1. If yes, go to the How to Refer to Employment section/to the SEMP and Pre Voc services to see if they are a good fit for one of these programs.  

Pages