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Posture care is an innovative approach that improves physical and mental well-being in people with disabilities through symmetrical body alignment.

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The YAI Network has been awarded a grant from the Department of Transportation to provide a comprehensive Travel Training program to agencies across New York City.  This program has four components: 

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Dermatology focuses on evaluation and management of skin disorders as well as cosmetic concerns with skin.

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Endocrinology focuses on diagnosing and treating disorders of the endocrine glands and hormones, including: Hypertension, Diabetes complications and management, Thyroid disorders, and more. 

For people with visual impairments Describe! offers live audio descriptions of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, making theater accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Tickets are available at discounted prices. Seating is typically in the orchestra section and theater staff assist as needed. Patrons use audio receivers to hear description details facilitated by a trained describer using a transmitter to provide pre-show notes about the theater, scenery, costumes, and more. They’ll also receive detailed narration during the show between stage dialogue.

Now providing virtual performances. Open to all groups, including schools, community centers, day habs, nursing homes, and hospitals.

YAI Arts & Culture books musicians, storytellers, dancers, magicians, and actors that thrill audiences in any setting. Customized live performances reflect the unique cultural needs and interests of each audience. Performances can include Caribbean sounds, Latin music, African drumming, song and dance, electric hip hop violin, Cajun cello, R&B, klezmer, classical Chinese music, and more.

Tuesday evenings we open our studio to people with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities looking to develop their creative voices and expand their creative communities. We offer mentorship from working artists and opportunities to submit work for exhibition and sales. Currently, our studio sessions are held virtually on Zoom. We look forward to congregating in person again when it is safe to do so.

The work of YAI artists is in many private collections and is available for purchase.

For Educators, Administrators, Direct Support Professionals, Managers

Professionally trained facilitators establish an open environment to explore important topics of interest through improvisation and role play.

Participants use role-playing to gain an understanding of specific techniques and learn how to use them as tools in their own work environment.

Activities stimulate dialog, address workplace challenges, increase empathy, and optimize communication.

A wide range of workshops are available, including:

YAI’s Summer Program provides frail elderly and mobility impaired individuals with opportunities to attend a broad range of NYC’s summer offerings, including park concert and theater. YAI arranges for priority seating, accessible restrooms in the parks and seating for the New York Philharmonic concerts in Central, Prospect, Cunningham, Pelham Park, and at the Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

For Senior Centers, Nursing Homes, Day Habs, Mental Health Programs, and Community Groups

These workshops offer an ideal space for participants to express themselves while gaining new skills and confidence. They are fully customizable depending on your group’s skills and interests. Our teaching artists are highly experienced working with people of all ages and abilities. Possible art forms include painting, drawing, collage/mixed media, jewelry making, printmaking, and more. The art studio is fully accessible.

All Arts Workshops are led by Artists, Musicians, Dancers and Actors who are experts in their field and experienced teachers, and may take place either at your site or at YAI. Unless otherwise stated, each arts workshop is 2 hours in length once a week and runs for 8, 12 or 24 weeks. All materials are provided. Each program is customized for the skills, abilities and interests of the participants. Arts workshop series culminate with an exhibit or performance by participants.

All Arts Workshops are led by Artists, Musicians, Dancers and Actors who are experts in their field and experienced teachers, and may take place either at your site or at YAI. Unless otherwise stated, each arts workshop is 2 hours in length once a week and runs for 8, 12 or 24 weeks. All materials are provided. Each program is customized for the skills, abilities and interests of the participants. Arts workshop series culminate with an exhibit or performance by participants.

Through YAI Art's and Culture offers Transportation services for groups of all sizes, including wheelchair accessible transportation.

Let us take you there! YAI Arts & Culture facilitates accessible transportation for groups to attend arts and cultural events throughout the NYC area. When booking your next group event, turn to YAI Arts & Culture to meet your transportation needs. Consider adding live music or a trained tour guide during your trip to enhance the transportation experience!

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In-home respite provides families with loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities a break from their daily routine. Trained staff provides scheduled care for the person with a disability.

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Overnight Respite offers the opportunity for caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive a break from their daily care-taking responsibilities, while offering participants opportunities to be more independent from their families. For weekend to weeklong stays, including opportunities to spend school vacations.

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Few things generate a sense of independence and social integration like paid work. YAI helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities thrive in an increasingly competitive job market. Throughout New York City, people in YAI’s supported employment program remain on the job for an average close to 8 years, filling roles in retail, healthcare, hospitality, and office services.

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The emphasis of day habilitation is participation in the larger community. When people spend too much time alone, they can become withdrawn and isolated. Being part of a vibrant community engaged in shared pursuits is key to every person’s wellbeing, no matter their ability. 

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Community Habilitation (Com Hab) at YAI supports children and adults who live alone or with their families. Trained Com Hab specialists focus on helping people build skills needed for independent living — from grocery shopping and gardening to banking, laundry, communication, and daily decision-making.

Purchase group tickets to Broadway and more, purchase special discounted event tickets for the visually impaired, to schedule performances, book arts workshops, take a studio art class, or purchase beautiful art created by artists with disabilities.

YAI Arts & Culture offers dynamic, hands-on instruction in the arts for students K-12, taught by experienced, professional teaching artists. Now a contracted vendor for the Department of Education.

● General Education ● Special Education & Inclusion Classes ● ELL ● At-Risk Students

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