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    Autism Rate Now 1 in 68
    March 27, 2014
    Full Story: Huffington Post
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that now 1 in 68 children in the United States has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. First article
  • POMs: Bringing Living, Loving and Working to Life
    March 12, 2014
    YAI's mission is to create opportunities for living, loving and working. But what does this mean to the people we support? How are we helping them achieve it in ways most meaningful to them? These are among the questions posed -- and answered -- by a new initiative called Personal Outcome Measures, or POMs. First article
  • Every Child Shines at Manhattan Star Academy
    March 3, 2014
    At the Manhattan Star Academy, which serves school-age children with a wide range of learning challenges and styles, each child is recognized as unique, learning is individualized and labels are left at the door. First article

Voices

  • Self Advocates In-Action
    February 1, 2014
    Contributor: Car'Melo Grau
    The winter 2014 issue of our New York City Self Advocates' newsletter features a tribute to Tom Dern, our C.O.O. who passed away unexpectedly in December.
    First article
  • Eight at the Summit
    January 31, 2014
    Contributor: Ismael Nunez
    A group of eight YAI Self-Advocates made their return to the annual Leadership Summit for more than 450 managers throughout YAI and its member agencies.
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  • Helping Others Improve Themselves
    December 25, 2013
    Contributor: Emily Kushner
    Bringing in the mail was one of Emily Kushner's earliest routines. Now years later, she explains why this was so important and how our Asperger's Skill Building Network is helping her find what had been missing in her life.
    First article

Videos

  • UNITY ERG Meet & Greet
    April 8, 2014
    Check out this video of all the great speakers from the UNITY ERG MEET & GREET! --The UNITY ERG is a YAI Employee Resource Group for Diversity and Inclusion who's main goal is to support the advancement of employees of color in the workplace through mentoring, training, and teaching the skills required for leadership positions. First article
  • Community Based Programming
    March 5, 2014
    YAI's Community Based Programming is building independence and confidence, as individuals we support gain valuable work skills at different volunteer sites, as well as enrich the lives of others. Get a first-hand account of the program from the individuals themselves, staff, parents and administrators. First article
  • A Tribute to Tom Dern
    January 27, 2014
    The extended YAI family suffered a profound loss on December 9th, 2013 with the passing of Thomas A. Dern. Tom, our Chief Operating Officer, was a cherished colleague and formative leader whose contribution to the agency and the field is hard to overstate. He is missed by many and we thank him for all he did for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. First article

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