This database is of resources most commonly referred to when someone calls the LINK department. Search resources using the search box, or target resources by categories and tags listed to the right. YAI does not intimately know all the programs on this list. Availability and service changes are beyond our control. If you are trying to understand what an acronym might mean, check out our Acronym Guide. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please feel free to call us at 212.273.6182.
The NYC Department of Education (DOE) Preschool Special Education Services Guide describes the services and supports available to preschool children It is designed to help parents understand the rights of their children who have been identified as having a disability. It also contains recommendations on how to best collaborate with a child’s school and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).
The NYC Department of Education (DOE) created the Family Guide to Special Education Services for School-Age Children to provide you information about how the DOE determines if a student ages 5 to 21 is eligible for special education services and how the DOE provides special education services. The guide is also available in Spanish.
Traveling can be challenging for children and adults with autism. The changes in routine, unpredictability, crowds, new noises and sights can all make the experience difficult for people on the spectrum and their families.Autism Speaks has created a list of travel resources for people with autism, including a guide on taking an airplane.
AMAZE is a website for parents and educators which helps them to expose their child to age appropriate content about sex through short videos. The website provides an insight to young people to successfully understand puberty, healthy body image, distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships, concepts of consent and mutual respect. Video topics are designed to meet the learning objectives outlined in the National Sexuality Education Standards.
This group offers adults the opportunity to learn social and dating skills in a structured setting. Monthly events are open to people who are 18 and older living at home with their family in Manhattan and are eligible for OPWDD services.
In-home sexuality education and training is available for Queens residents ages 9 and up. Individual assessments and training plans provided. Topics covered include: the body, hygiene, puberty, personal identity, boundaries, abuse, relationships, and more. For more information contact LINK at 212.273.6182.
Project Grown-Up prepares a parent for dealing with issues around their child's physiological development. The group training sessions assist parents in addressing the interpersonal and autonomy issues of relationships and sexuality with their children. This service is currently available to Manhattan and Queens residents. For more information on Project Grown up contact LINK at 212.273.6182.
Being able to provide informed consent is normally automatic based upon reaching 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. YAI's Center for Specialty Therapy can provide Sexual Consent Determinations, visit our service page for more information or call 212.273.6272 to schedule an appointment.