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  • 2015 International Conference
    Conference Brings together International Community to Design the Future
    June 30, 2014
    The spirit of community, difference, innovation and transformation filled the New York Hilton Midtown during YAI’s International Conference April 28-May 1. Read more and join the conversation by submitting a proposal to present at next year’s International Conference. First article
  • It Takes a Network: A Message from Matthew Sturiale, CEO
    June 27, 2014
    Our mission is to create opportunities for living, loving and working. We are a network of eight agencies and thousands of people, and it takes all of us working together to bring this mission to life. First article
  • Media Captures a Miracle Graduation
    June 18, 2014
    Full Story: WABC-TV
    Patience Boyd is back in the news again. Only this time, her story is happier. Check out coverage in the Daily News and WABC-TV's Eyewitness News. See coverage of Patience Boyd's inspirational story in the New York Daily News and on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News. First article


  • A Passion to Change Perceptions
    July 2, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    Keith R. Murfee-DeConcici, our summer intern, who since birth has had a way of showing doctors and others not to underestimate the abilities of individuals with disabilities.
    First article
  • 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.
    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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