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YAI NYC: Autism and Other Special Needs Services for Families

November 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Click HERE for my latest review on Mommy Poppins about one of my favorite organizations in NYC.

Current Openings At The YAI: Unique Special Needs Programs and Services Around NYC

September 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Since we recently moved to a new borough I thought it would be a good idea to see what special needs programs and services YAI  had in Brooklyn. I saw that there are a bunch of great openings and opportunities being offered all over NYC so I’ve posted the entire list, current as of 9/30/12:

Service Openings

Featured Program Openings 

Potential Residential Opening, Brooklyn ICF:  Potential opportunity for a male, age 21-55 years, who functions within severe/profound range, but who can evacuate two flights of stairs without physical assitance. Contact Tom Ott, 212-273-6462, for more information and to apply.

Potential Residential Opening, Bronx 24-Hour IRA: Potential opportunity for a female with mild/moderate intellectual disability. Contact Tom Ott, 212-273-6462, for more information and to apply.

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: Short-term intervention services for behavior management, toilet training, travel and other skills training are provided to individuals and their families in the home and/or group settings. Training programs are designed for parents of children with disabilities who reside in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Availability is based on where you live. Toilet training workshops are also available. Services provided in English and Spanish. For more information, call 212-273-6314 in Manhattan, and 212-273-6297 for Spanish. In Brooklyn, please call 718-306-1300, ext.411 for English and ext.412 for Spanish.

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.

Manhattan Holiday Respite – ages 6-18 with DD, live at home with their family. Taking applications for waiting list – contact Tanicqua Davis 212-273-6503

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 LINK212-273-6182.

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

Brooklyn Autism Social Skills Groups: Accepting applications for program offering structured and supervised opportunities for socialization in an after school setting to children aged 5-12 years old on the autism spectrum residing 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. For more information, contact LINK at 212-273-6182.

Project Grow: Seven-week behavior management training for parents of children with developmental disabilities, conducted in group settings. Topics include specific behavior techniques to promote positive family interactions. Peer support is provided. Families must reside in Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island or Queens. Day and evening groups are available in both English and Spanish. Possibility of Cantonese groups. For more information, call 212-273-6259.

Project Grown-Up: Five-week education group for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Basic and advanced parent training covers relationships and sexuality with adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. Focus on child’s physiological development and interpersonal issues of relationships. Program is available to parents whose children reside with them in Manhattan or Queens. Day and evening groups are available in both English and Spanish. Possibility of Cantonese groups. For more information, 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.

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.

Bronx In-home respite – In-home respite for children and adults with DD. Contact Tanicqua Davis 212-273-6503.

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 x 667.

Queens After School Program: After school respite for children 6-15. Contact Stacy Tinglin 718-793-8695 x 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, dental, gynecology, physical therapy, speech therapy, podiatry, neurology (adult), weight management program, and a program for people with physical disabilities.

Bronx: Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dental, neurology (adult), podiatry, occupantonial therapy, physical therapy,  prosthetics & orthotics.

Queens: Openings for internal medicine, pediatrics, dental, dental desensitization, podiatry, dermatology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, physiatry/wheelchair clinic, prosthetics & orthotics, and endocrinology (adult).

Brooklyn: Openings for internal medicine, dental, dental desensitization, pediatrics, dermatology, neurology (adult), gynecology, speech therapy, podiatry, endocrinology (adult), and physiatry/wheelchair clinic.

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

Manhattan: Psychosocial evaluations in English and Spanish are available. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182

Queens: Psychosocial evaluations in Enlish and Spanish (includes evening and Saturday hours) are available. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Brooklyn: Psychosocial evaluations in English are available. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Bronx:  Psychosocial evaluations in Elblish and Spanish are available. Contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Families living in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn who need evaluations to access OPWDD services but who do not have insurance that will cover them can contact YAI LINK at 212-273-6182.

Day Services

About YAI’s Day Services

Manhattan: Openings in 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 Satera Febus 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 Training Accepting applications. Contact Chris Bechler at 718-389-1300 x227.

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

The New 1115 Waiver: What’s It All About?

September 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Manhattan Family Support Services Advisory Council
choose either:   Monday morning          or:     Monday evening
escoja una:      September 26, 2011         o:     September 26, 2011
                    10:00 am – noon                      5:30 – 7:30 pm
                     Metro NY DDSO                    Metro NY DDSO
                     75 Morton Street*                75 Morton Street*
The same topic will be addressed at both meetings.
El mismo tema se tratará en ambas reuniones.
Si su idioma es el Español y necesita intérprete durante la reunión es necesario avisarle a Margaret antes de 15 de septiembre del 2011.  Llamarla al 212-799-2042.  No habrá intérprete si no se pide con anticipación.
If you require interpretation in Cantonese, it is necessary to let Margaret know by September 15, 2011. Call her at 212-799-2042.  There will be no interpreter unless you request it in advance.


The New 1115 Waiver: What’s It All About?
New York State’s developmental disabilities service system is going to change radically!  The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is designing a new Medicaid 1115 waiver—a  funding mechanism that will change how services are funded and delivered.  Every one of us will be affected!  Come learn about this new waiver from the experts—Al Kaplan and Judy DeIasi.  Al Kaplan, Senior Policy Advisor for AHRC, was formerly Deputy Director of the NYS Division of the Budget. Judy DeIasi is Associate Executive Director of AHRC. We are privileged to have two such knowledgeable, experienced presenters!  This is one meeting you can’t afford to miss!

La Nueva Excepción 1115: ¿De Que se Trata?

¡El sistema de servicios para individuos con discapacidades de desarrollo del estado de Nueva York está cambiando radical-mente!  La Oficina para los Individuos con Discapacidades de Desarrollo está designando una nueva Excepción 1115—un mecanismo de financiamiento que cambiará como los servicios son financiados y entregados.  ¡Nos afectará a todos!  Vengan y aprendan de los expertos—Al Kaplan y Judy DeIasi, acerca de esta nueva excep-ción.  Al Kaplan, Asesor Mayor de Pólizas de AHRC, era antes el Director Adjunto de la División de Presupuestos del estado de Nueva York.  Judy DeIasi es la Directora Asociada Ejecutiva de AHRC.  ¡Somos privilegiados de tener dos sabios y experimentados presentadores!  ¡Esta es una reunión que no deben perderse!
*Take subway #1 to Houston St., walk 1 block west to Hudson, turn right and walk 3 blocks north to Morton St.  Or take the A, B, C, D, E, F, or Q to West 4th St., walk south (downtown) on 6th Ave. to Bleecker, turn right on Bleecker and walk to Morton, turn left and walk to # 75.  By bus, take #20—downtown it runs on 7th Ave. and is marked “Battery Park”; get off at Morton St., and walk west to # 75; uptown, the #20 runs on Hudson; get off at Morton St.
For further information, call Margaret Puddington, chairperson, 212-799-2042
*Tome el metro #1 a la calle Houston.  Camine una calle hacia el oeste a la calle Hudson. Doble a la derecha y camine 3 cuadras hasta llegar a la calle Morton.  O tome el A, B, C, D, E, F, o el Q hasta la calle West 4th St. Camine hacia downtown hasta la calle Bleecker, haga una derecha y camine hasta la calle Morton.  Doble a la izquierda y busce el # 75.  En autobus, tome la #20—downtown seguido 7th Ave.; uptown seguido la calle Hudson—hasta la calle Morton y camine hacia el oeste.
Para más información llame a Margaret Puddington, 212-799-2042.

Metro New York DDSO: Reimbursement Money Available for Manhattan Families

I thought I would pass along the information below – it seems as though there might even be some money to reimburse camp expenses and occasional respite, two things we are definitely interested in. There is a June 30th deadline to keep in mind,so if you’re interested you should act soon. I plan to call on Monday morning to get more details.

The email I received is copied below:

Manhattan Family Support Services has a great program that is managed by Metro New York DDSO:
FAMILY REIMBURSEMENT … funds are still  available!!! 
This program is only for Manhattan families whose relative with  developmental disabilities lives at home.
Family Reimbursement will reimburse families for expenses for goods or services that benefit their relative with developmental disabilities.  These expenses must not be covered by any other funding source (such as Medicaid or private insurance).
Families must submit original receipts to be reimbursed for “goods and services” that benefit their relative.  However, if the family cannot afford a needed item, the Family Reimbusement may pre-pay the item.
Some examples of previously reimbursed goods/services are:
                     – clothing
                     – beds
                     – air conditioning (must have medical justification)
                     – occasional respite 
                     – adaptive equipment
                     – camp
Apply right away!  Don’t delay!  These reimbursement funds must be allocated by June 30, 2011. 
To apply, please contact Tom Mannion as soon as possible:
Tom Mannion (212) 229-3114
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