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  • Shop at Whole Foods Market on 9/17 & Help YAI Grow
    September 9, 2014
    One day. Seven Manhattan stores. 5% of sales donated to YAI. Countless reasons to shop at any Manhattan Whole Foods on 9/17. First article
  • A Day in the Life and Philosophy of a Direct Service Professional
    September 9, 2014
    September 7-13, 2014, is national Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week. Meet two reasons to celebrate. First article
  • Art Opens Doors and Builds Community at Pfizer, Inc.
    September 4, 2014
    From July through October, the lobby of Pfizer’corporate headquarters in midtown Manhattan is transformed into an art gallery featuring “Igniting Imagination,” an exhibit and sale of 33 pieces by Gallery YAI Artists. First article


  • Normal is Nothing: Hankering for More Perspective
    September 4, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    How do you define 'normal?' Keith R. Murfee-DeConcini makes a case that 'normal' and 'different' are more alike than you think.
    First article
  • To Post or Not to Post?
    August 27, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    As well intended parents post photos of their children with disabilities on social media, describing them as "inspirational," their intentions may go awry.
    First article
  • A heart painted by the 13th street Gallery Group
    Passion Colors Everything Through Love and Service
    August 21, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    Having not very visible disabilities is both a gift and a curse.
    First article


  • Hankering for more hang out : Sparking Social Connections
    July 1, 2014
    In the fall of 2013 YAI's Hankering for more program expanded to offer members a little bit more. The new initiative offered a group that meets with greater frequency and has a developed social skills curriculum. Along the way HFM Hang Out members recognize and develop strengths, realize social goals and create a community that embraces and celebrates difference. First article
  • An introduction to Personal Outcome Measures (POMs)
    June 27, 2014
    Personal Outcome Measures (POMs) is a person centered interview process that focuses on what's most important to individuals with special needs. First article
  • Working Now: Kaufman Astoria Studios
    June 19, 2014
    An introduction was made between YAI's Queens Employment Program and Kaufman Astoria Studios, a historic movie studio in Queens, New York. Darren, a YAI program participant was hired to maintain the workspace at Kaufman's Lighting studio. First article

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