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After School Art Program "Friends are We! Building Social Skills through the Arts"

The Autism Initiative Project is offering the following free programs for participant families, who meet eligibility criteria:
Afterschool Art Program, Friends are We! Building Social Skills through the Arts

This interactive after-school program will offer children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), from ages 3 up to 13 years old, with social skills development through the arts. The program involves the participation of students’ parents to learn skills taught and then to reinforce them at home and in their communities. Students will explore various visual art forms in an interactive small group setting. 

Please contact Ms. Doris Rodriguez at 212-643-2840 Ext. 342 or send an email to to learn more about program eligibility. You can complete the application here .
Space is limited.

Program is done in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum.

¡Programa Después de la Escuela, Somos Amigos! Desarrollando Destrezas Sociales a Través de las Artes!
Este programa interactivo, ofrecerá a los niños con diagnosticados con Trastornos del Espectro Autista (ASD) -de edades comprendidas entre los 3 y 13 años de edad- la oportunidad de desarrollar habilidades sociales a través de las artes. El programa incluye la participación de los padres quienes aprenderán habilidades que podrán practicar en el hogar y en sus comunidades. Los estudiantes explorarán diferentes formas de arte visual en un entorno pequeño.

Por favor contacte a la Srta. Doris Rodriguez al 212-643-2840 Ext. 342 o envíe un correo electrónico a la dirección para solicitar una aplicacion.

El programa se realiza en colaboración con el Museo de Guggenheim.

Virtual After School Art Program
Time: Wednesdays 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual session, via zoom
October 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17
December 1, 8
January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16

Integrated Transition Program:
The program will focus on development of independent life skills, including self-advocacy, independent living, communication skills, and strategies for developing positive relationships. Sessions include a variety of community-based outings, during which participants will put a previously learned skill into action. Parents will participate in a simultaneous support group, as well as a weekly session debrief, in which the participants will engage parents in the skill learned that day. 
At this time, the program is designed for young adults that meet the following criteria (and who are not eligible for OPWDD services or OPWDD HCBS waiver programs, or who have the eligibility but are not receiving similar services):

Teen should:
Be between the ages of 14—21
Be able to communicate in English
Attend the group sessions (no more than 3 absences)
Be able to be in group setting with a facilitator support
Parent should:
Attend in person Saturday community activities
Provide IEP / evaluation to corroborate diagnosis 
Be able to speak either English or Spanish
Complete an application, including parental areas of needs & information
Se proveerá servicio de interpretación para padres que lo necesite
Program eligibility is determined by a virtual interview and screening process.
Registration link:
Accepted families will receive case management services in English and / or Spanish! 
Contact our intake line 212 643 2840 ext. 336 at any time between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to register for this program. For more information and to request an application,  please contact Paola Jordan at 212-643-2840 Ext. 305 or send an email to
This year we will continue meeting weekly via Zoom and we will have some community activities in person on selected Saturdays.
Virtual meetings: via Zoom, Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Community Activities in Manhattan: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, some Saturdays

November: 17
December: 1, 4 (Saturday), 8, 15
January 5, 8 (Saturday), 12, 19, 22 (Saturday), 26
February 2, 9, 16
March 2, 5 (Saturday), 9, 12 (end of the session lunch celebration)

Program elegibility is determined by a virtual interview and screening process.
Registration link: