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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.

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 Hab Without Walls offers individualized and group activities designed to teach life and community safety skills, build relationships, promote independence, provides volunteer opportunities, and vocational skill building. The focus is on each person's strengths while participating in the larger community. 21+

OPWDD eligibility is required to enroll in this service.

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This program prepares participants for competitive employment through pre-vocational and day habilitation internships and 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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Vocational services provide a wide range of supports to assist in finding and maintaining employment. 

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A program for adults that creates social and skill building opportunities. Regular community-based activities include sporting events, dinner theatre, restaurant outings. 

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Trained specialists provide individualized skills training in for persons living in supervised housing. 

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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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Friday Night Live is a weekly socialization program for young adults aged 18-29 living at home.

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Offers the opportunity for participants to socialize and bowl in a non-competitive environment.

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After hours recreation program for adults.

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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.

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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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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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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.