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Providing assistance to organizations and governments around the world in the support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)

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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. 

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A school break recreation program for children aged 6-18 years old.* Providing community activities and socialization opportunities in a 3:1 staffing ratio.

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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.

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The Kew Gardens located afterschool program provides educational and recreational activities for students, ages 6-21. Staff assist students with homework, reading, writing, and math skills. Students also enjoy various activities, including exercise, board games, music, and local community outings.

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Social Skills Building Network is a prevocational program that runs year-round groups for adults 18 and over (with or without diagnoses) that teaches and improves micro and macro skills in areas that are vital to success in the workplace, college, or everyday interactions. Offered in Wayne and Parsippany.

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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 offers recreational activities for people, ages 16 and up. Activities include arts and crafts, drama groups, trips, ball games, and other community events. Limited transportation available.

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A socialization/recreation program designed to assist adults in achieving greater independence. Key components for our members include engaging in recreational activities, making friends, learning and practicing practical living skills. Members can participate 1-3 times per week based on need and availability.


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.


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.

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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.

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The Coffeehouse program for adults provides an environment where participants can expand their social circles and become active members of the community. The program includes activities focusing on improving self-esteem, maturity and independence.

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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.

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After hours recreation program for adults.


Based in NYC, participants can be from any of the 5 boroughs. Takes place 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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Transition program for ages 17-21 on the autism spectrum. Includes Yoga & Mindfulness, Life Skills, and Kitchen Skills.

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WOW is an innovative arts program that provides opportunities for adults aged 18 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities to advance their creative voice and become working artists.

Program currently runs Monday to Thursday 10 AM - 3 PM