Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Since 1997, YAP has been working with children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. We have worked with self-advocates and their families, as well as experts from various professional backgrounds, to develop a model for working with individuals with developmental disabilities and spectrum disorders that focuses on the importance of relationships, meaningful decision-making, self-determination and inclusion.

 

Since 1997, YAP has adapted principles from its effective youth justice wraparound model to provide community-based services children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. We empower individuals and their families with tools that focus on independence and emotional wellbeing. Partnering with professional and nonprofit community services, we help program participants develop individualized service models that centered on the importance of relationships, meaningful decision-making, self-determination, community inclusion and deinstitutionalization.

 
 
We serve individuals with developmental difference through relationships that foster inclusion by:
 
Presuming Capacity

Acting and communicating based upon a belief in intellectual competence.

Focusing on Prevention, Not Intervention

Accommodating and respecting variations in sensory sensitivities, communication, and movement and learning styles.

Instilling Self-Advocacy

Promoting independence by fostering the skills, confidence and awareness that leads to a lifetime of success.

 
AGES 0-3
YAP offers services to infants and toddlers who have special needs due to developmental delays or disabilities. Services engage the child’s family to strengthen their ability to support the child’s resilience and development through training, coaching, modeling and consultation within the home and community.
AGES 0-3
INDIVIDUALS DUALLY-DIAGNOSED WITH MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS
YAP provides home and community support to individuals who are dually diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Direct support to caregivers is available through planned short-term relief. These respite services are provided to both children and adults in their homes and communities.
INDIVIDUALS DUALLY-DIAGNOSED WITH MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS
 
INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
YAP provides community- based services to enhance the health and welfare of children and adults with developmental disabilities, such as physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities or those with traumatic brain injury. Caring and supportive staff assist individuals in acquiring, maintaining and improving self-help, domestic, socialization, employment and adaptive skills. YAP also provides supportive services to parents with intellectual disabilities to help them bond with and safely care for their children.
INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
AUTISM SPECTRUM
YAP specializes in serving children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, providing them with individualized supports and skill development to promote their inclusion in typical community settings. Additional services include respite for caregivers and training and consultation are available to other community stakeholders.
AUTISM SPECTRUM