Community Classes

CIDA offers different community classes to increase social skills, vocational outcomes, and independent living opportunities for individuals with exceptional needs.  CIDA currently offers monthly Art classes and a Transitional Program @ CIDA.

Art Class

CIDA offers art classes for adults and teens (ages 16 & up) throughout the year. The class participants explore drawing, painting, watercolor, pastel, decorative arts, and various creative activities. We offer one class and reserve priority seats for individuals with disabilities.

2020 Schedule

Starting from January 8 to December 23, classes are offered every month (except July).

Class 1

Age: Adults & Teens (starting age 16 & over)
5:00 pm – 6: 00 pm, Wednesdays
Price: $35 per session

Class 2

Age: Adults & Teens (starting age 16 & over)
6:30 pm – 7: 30 pm, Wednesdays
Price: $35 per session

Click here for the Art Class Schedule and monthly fees (Download)

* For more information call (718) 224-8197 (ext. 1)



Community Inclusion & Development Alliance (CIDA) introduces an innovative transition program designed for individuals with exceptional needs to develop independent living and self-determination skills. This program is a non-credit bearing transition program for individuals with IDD, or exceptional needs who have already completed their K-12 educational program. The program goals and activities are focused on developing independent living and community skills that support vocational and employment outcomes for participants.
*The program participant is not required to have a disability diagnosis.



* The classes are held two times each week and the total length of the program is 1 year (three semesters) with a one-time extension (one semester) by request.
CIDA’s transition program focuses on four skill areas that are crucial for the independent and inclusive community living of persons with disabilities or exceptional needs: Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy Skills; Independent Living Skills, Financial Literacy, and Social Skills.

Program participants will engage in all four core courses across three semesters. Each participant will have his or her own program plan which includes individualized course goals. Our aim is to assist all participants in reaching their individualized course goals by the end of the program.

During the final semester, individuals are required to develop a My Vision and Independent Life Plans portfolio in collaboration with family members, service providers and FI. CIDA will also actively work with the individuals’ families to assist in community life resources and trainings.



Each class will be small (no more than six students per section) with one main teacher, one assistant teacher, and an aid. All staff, volunteers, and trainers are screened for any criminal background. Our program staff members have extensive experiences in serving persons with disabilities. We also provide regularly scheduled staff development trainings to maintain high quality services to our clients.



The program tuition is $800 per month ($200 per program section * four sections). Those individuals who have the NYS OPWDD Self-Direction budget may be able to link the program to their Life-Plans and Self-Direction budget after consulting with their Care-Coordinators and getting approval from their current Fiscal Intermediaries (FI).

If you wish to fund the tuition via an individual’s Self-Direction budget, please consult Dr. Young Seh Bae, Executive Director. The budget for the program should be approved prior to the first day of the program. Upon approval, CIDA will directly request tuition reimbursements to your FI.

Note: CIDA is not an OPWDD provider and the program will not be provided in an OPWDD certified setting. The program is also not part of NYS Education Department or IDEA funded projects.



If you are interested in the program, please find the attached application form below, and submit it to CIDA ASAP. The 2019 fall program meeting will take place on starts on September 16.

For more information, please contact Dr. Young Seh Bae at (718) 224 -8197 or email to

Application Link (Click Here)
Program Brochure (download)

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