Established exclusively at CSI, Creative Exchange is one of the first post-secondary programs of its kind nationally, serving adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a non-degree lifelong learning program. Creative Exchange also offers a more demanding non-degree lifelong learning program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities called Life Skills. Established in 1998, Life Skills serves a cohort of adults with the goal of building independent living competencies. Through educational and social initiatives, we foster a unique, safe, and collaborative environment for personal growth and community-building, regardless of ability as part of CSI's legacy of place initiative. Translate this text in your language in Google Translate here.
- Must be 21 years old or older
- Must reside in New York City
- Recognized by NYSOPWDD as having a Developmental Disability
- Motivated to participate independently
- For Life Skills only: applicants are asked to demonstrate why they want to participate in the program through a project of their choosing and an interview. Applicants are encouraged to be as creative as they'd like in their projects. For example, applicants can submit a work of art they created, a PowerPoint, a recording, a brief essay, or a creative writing piece like a poem
- Creative Exchange is generously sponsored by the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
- Other sponsors include the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
How to Apply:
- In addition to a completed Registration Form, students in Creative Exchange and Life Skills must email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following documents:
- Current Physical Exam within the past 12 months
- Recent Psychological Evaluation within the past 5 years
- For Life Skills applicants ONLY, students must also email the following documents at time of Registration.
- Current Level of Care Eligibility Determination Form (LCED)
- Copy of ISP/Life Plan either recommending continuing with the Life Skills Program or recommending entering the Life Skills Program.