CIDA February Newsletter

From Skills to Art: A February Journey of Inclusivity

What’s Up at CIDA

Life Skill Program at CIDA

CIDA is excited to begin a new Life Skills Program for young adults with disabilities with funding support from Mother Cabrini Foundation. The AGES Life Skills Training program aims to enhance the independent living capabilities of adults with disabilities and support their parents or caregivers in creating personalized community living plans. The program covers three main components: Essential Daily Living Skills Training, Health Literacy Training, and Emergency Preparedness Training.

Members will undergo sessions that include topics such as hygiene, time management, health communication, medication management, and emergency response. The program ensures family involvement, and provides free materials and resources. Additionally, participants develop individualized Community Living Plans, with one-on-one consultations and home visits to address language barriers and monitor progress. The goal is to promote equity in community living for individuals with disabilities by recognizing their strengths, challenges, and unique family cultures through a person-centered approach. For Spring 2024, the program will be available for those who are invited in due to the overwhelming requests. We will invite more participants in Fall 224.

Donate to CoSpire Thrift Shop

Are you gearing up for spring cleaning? Remember, decluttering is the first step! Those unused items gathering dust could be of great help. Donate them to our CoSpire Thrift Shop! Run by CIDA families and young adults with disabilities, this annual event is more than just a sale. It’s a chance for our members to gain real-world skills, confidence, and a sense of accomplishment. Plus, every penny earned goes towards vocational training and wages for young adults with disabilities. Your contributions make a real difference!


  • Clothing and Accessories: Gently used clothing, shoes, scarves, and hats
  • Household Items: Kitchenware, small appliances, linens, and other household items
  • Art Materials: sketchbooks, paint, tools, and colored pencils
  • Toys and Games

Please drop off donations at the CIDA Community Center.
36-28 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

Cospire Highlights

The Social Cooperative at CIDA is an innovative workforce development project established by Community Inclusion & Development Alliance (CIDA) to deliver individualized assistance as well as create integrative employment opportunities for people with unique challenges.

Exciting Art Events: Yeh Gallery & MoMA

Our CoSpire artists are exhibiting their arts in Yeh Gallery at St. John’s University.  The exhibition is titled Utopia, the Selected works from the CoSpire Art Initiative. This is the first group debut exhibition by CoSpire artists, and the show is available to the public on January 25, 2024. Featured artists include William Choe, Diana Choi, Jason Fallis, Steven Feng, Samuel Ho, Jean Hee Kim, Jennifer Kim, Arnold Lee, Daniel Park, and Joonsang Yoon. The exhibition invites viewers to explore the vast inner worlds created by this group of young artists who navigate a society which offers limited imagined possibilities for their community.

Furthermore, from February 16th to March 29th, works from the CoSpire artists will be displayed at the Cullman Education Center of the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. The artists have been working diligently with the renowned collage artist, Jamie Mirabella, to create works with an emphasis on three dimensionality, sculpture, and physicality.

Resource Page

DYCD Afterschool Application

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) provides a wide range of afterschool programs. These programs are mostly free and can be selected based on your child’s age and the specific areas you wish to focus on. For more information and application details, visit the Discover DYCD website. Just check the ‘Youth and Afterschool Programs’ box and click search to find the right program for your child.

Major Budget Cuts in District 75

The New York City Department of Education is making substantial budget cuts in District 75 schools, amounting to about $97 million. These schools cater to students with complex disabilities. The cuts will severely affect extracurricular programs, reduce supplies, and worsen the already critical shortage of paraprofessionals – assistants vital for supporting students with significant disabilities. This could lead to schools failing to comply with legally required special education plans. Staff and educators are deeply concerned about the detrimental effects on the quality of education and well-being of these students. The budget reduction is part of a citywide effort to save costs, but it disproportionately impacts vulnerable students in District 75, raising questions about equity in resource allocation. [View Original Article]