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Quick, Before They’re Gone! Program Openings in NYC For Children and Adults with ASDs and Other Special Needs

This was posted on a YAI webpage, last updated September 26, 2011. Hopefully there are still spaces available in some of the programs listed below, they look fabulous!

Featured Program Openings:

Brooklyn Autism Social Skills Groups: Accepting applications for a program with structured and supervised opportunities for socialization in an after school-setting to children aged 5-12 years old on the autism spectrum, who reside with their parents in Brooklyn. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Brooklyn Yoga Ballet: 10-week yoga/ballet class for girls and boys with autism, between the ages 3-10. Classes will meet at the New York League for Early Learning William O’Connor Midwood School in Brooklyn. For more information, contact LINK at 212-273-6182.

Family Support Groups for Caregivers of Children with Autism (all boroughs and ages): Parent/caregiver support groups for parents of children with autism. Attendance at all sessions is not required. To register and for more information, contact LINK at 212-273-6182. See latest group schedule.

Family Services

About YAI’s Family Services

YAI Autism Center: Offering private-pay programs including: Yoga with ballet or dance, social skills groups and music therapy. Call 1-888-YAI-AUTISM.

Manhattan Recreation Programs: Recreation programs for New York City residents over the age of 18, from Tuesdays through Saturdays. Weeknight group activities and Saturday trips. Transportation is not provided. Contact Pamela Accardo at 212-645-1616, ext. 618 or Edna Bay at 212-645-1616, ext. 620.

Project Intervene: In-home behavior management program. Including six-week program for Manhattan parents of children with special needs focuses on toilet training. Contact Contact Natalia Echeverri at 212-273-6297.

Family Reimbursement: Provides limited funds to families for services and goods that are not reimbursed through other programs or funding streams. For Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens residents. Contact Shanique Soto at 212-273-6585.

Manhattan Autism Social Skills Groups: Accepting applications for program teaching social skills to children aged 9-18 years old on the autism spectrum residing with their parents in Manhattan. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Family Support Series for Caregivers of Children with Autism (all ages): Support groups for parents and caregivers of people with autism. New groups begin this month. To pre-register and for more information, contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182. See latest group schedule.

Leisure Trax Vacation Program: Free or low cost trips and vacations for Bronx residents 18 or older, living with their families. Trips are open to residents of other boroughs. Contact LINK at 212-273-6182. Application and travel schedule available on the Leisure Trax page.

Parents With Special Needs: Accepting referrals for program for parents with developmental disabilities who live with their children in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens. Contact Nafiza Somaipersaud at 212-793-2182, ext. 203.

Manhattan Overnight Respite: 24-hour professional supervision from Friday afternoon until Monday morning for children 5 and older. Must be ambulatory. Contact Vanessa White Germany at 212-255-2673.

Independent Living Program: Six-month classroom course for Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan residents to develop independent living skills. For application forms, contact Shanique Soto at 212-273-6585.

Brooklyn Children and Adolescent Program: Saturday recreation program for children 6 and older. Contact LINK 212-273-6182.

Brooklyn Leisure Trax: Recreation program for adults 18 and older. Contact LINK 212-273-6182.

Brooklyn Saturday Drop Off: Recreation programs Brooklyn residents 16 and older. Contact Cheryl Jones at 718-743-5311.

Project Grow: Seven-week training for Manhattan, Bronx or Staten Island parents of children with special needs. Day and evening groups in English and Spanish are available. Call 212-273-6259.

Project Grown-Up: Seven-week training for Manhattan parents of children with special needs. Day and evening groups in English and Spanish. Call 212-273-6259.

Queens Crisis Intervention Program: In-home behavioral management program for parents available in both English and Spanish.  Parent training groups outside of the home (like project GROW) are also available. Call Lewanda Wallace at 718-793-2182, ext. 221 or Jackie Nunez at 718-793-2182, ext. 231 assistance in Spanish.

Queens, Free Psychological and Psychosocial Evaluations: Available for those not eligible for Medicaid and are applying for OPWDD services. Evaluations for Brooklyn residents will be available in May and June. Call LINK at 212-273-6182.

Brooklyn Extend-a-Family: Overnight respite provided in the home of a host family. Available for young children who are non-ambulatory. Contact Cheryl Jones at 718-743-5311, ext. 6313.

Brooklyn In-Home Respite: Respite provided in the home to provide a break for caregivers. Contact Danielle Phanord-Alexis at 718-769-4369, ext. 2848.

Queens Saturday Recreation Programs: Activities for individuals 16 and older. Contact Michael VanConant 212-645-1616 x 667

Queens Thank Goodness it’s the Weekend: Socialization group meet twice a month on Fridays for people 16 and older. Contact Michael VanConant 212-645-1616 ext. 667.

Queens After School Program: After-school respite for children 6-15. Contact Stacy Tinglin 718-793-8695 ext. 210.

Queens In-Home Respite: In-home respite for children with special needs, age 3 and older. Contact Stacy Tinglin 718-793-8695 x 210.

Manhattan STAR Academy

About Manhattan STAR Academy

Manhattan: Accepting inquiries for the Manhattan STAR Academy, a unique learning opportunity for elementary school children. Contact Rae Eisdorfer at 212-420-0510 for information, application and tuition.

Premier HealthCare

About Premier HealthCare

Manhattan: Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, neurology (adult), gynecology, audiology, dermatology, weight management program and a program for people with physical disabilities.

Queens: Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dentistry, nutrition, podiatry, dermatology, gynecology, audiology, ophthalmology, endocrinology, physiatry, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and dental desensitization.

Bronx: Openings for pediatrics, dentistry, audiology, neurology, ophthalmology, audiology, endocrinology, gynecology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and podiatry.

Brooklyn: Openings for internal medicine, dentistry, pediatrics, gynecology, urology, endocrinology (child), physiatry, podiatry, speech therapy, occupational therapy and dental desensitization.
For new referrals, additional services or information, contact YAI LINK at 1-866-2-YAI-LINK, TDD: 212-290-2787.

Center for Specialty Therapy

About YAI’s Center for Specialty Therapy

Queens: Psychosocial evaluations (includes evening and Saturday hours), and psychotherapy services available.

Brooklyn: ready availability for Psychological evaluation appointments

Free Evaluations for families living in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn who need evaluations to access OPWDD services but who do not have insurance that will cover them. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Day Services

About YAI’s Day Services

Brooklyn: Openings in the Remsen Street program. Contact Nia Cordani at 718-646-7699, ext. 312.

Manhattan: Openings in the Manhattan programs. Contact Domingo Hernandez at 212-645-1616 ext. 634.

Employment Services

About YAI’s Employment Services

Manhattan Employment Services: Training in job-specific skills for adults with developmental disabilities. Openings in a variety of programs. Contact Andrea Melvin at 212-273-6100, ext. 2448.

Bronx Employment: Accepting applications for a variety of programs. Contact Ruth Jeffers at 718-792-6221, ext. 205.

Brooklyn Supported Work and Training: Accepting applications. Contact Sara Schacter Erenburg at 718-368-9311.

Queens Supported Work and TrainingAccepting applications. Contact Chris Bechler at 718-389-1300 ext. 227.

There are openings citywide for people with developmental disabilities who are employed and need follow-along support services.

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