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  • Creating Awareness on ADA Anniversary
    July 29, 2015
    Full Story: Today in New York
    What better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act then spending it with Pat Battle on Today in New York's weekend edition. CEO Matt Sturiale and Saher Shahid, who found a rewarding job at Etsy with support from YAI, were interviewed. First article
  • YAI Makes History
    July 13, 2015
    A spirited group of individuals with disabilities, families, staff and board members from YAI cheered and marched proudly in New York City's first Disability Pride Parade on Sunday. Their enthusiasm stood out among the parade's 3,000 participants. July is Disability Pride Month in New York City, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. First article
  • Dawson Manor Joins the YAI Family
    July 8, 2015
    On Tuesday, July 7, YAI assumed responsibility of an Ozone Park residential program. For months, a team from YAI's Residential Department has been observing and assessing the needs of 14 individuals at Dawson Manor. The home, which once served as a convent, provides a barrier-free environment with an elevator for seven aging individuals on the first floor. The others, who require less support, live on the second floor. There will be two programs under one roof. First article

Voices

  • So Who's Normal?
    November 15, 2014
    Contributor: Marissa Meleske
    She's defied the doctor's expectations and has never been treated by her family 'like a china doll." Our newest Voices Blogger Marissa Meleske describes her purpose in life.
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  • Great Expectations or None at All
    October 24, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    Regardless of the economy, the employment expectations for people with IDD remain relatively unchanged.
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  • Taking Away the Right to Vote
    October 17, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    As we near the upcoming national election, there looms an unfathomable barrier to people with disabilities as they seek to exercise their most basic and important right as Americans: the right to vote.
    First article

Videos

  • Changing the World Is a Walk in the Park
    May 27, 2015
    Join us on Saturday, June 6 at YAI and Broadview Networks Central Park Challenge and create opportunities for living, loving, working & learning. http://www.yai.org/cpc First article
  • Markel Brown Scores High at YAI with NYL's Pre-School Team
    May 27, 2015
    Special moments shared with Markel Brown and NYL's Greenpoint pre-schoolers. yai.org/donate First article
  • What Makes You Proud?
    January 28, 2015
    Staff from throughout the YAI Network share their pride about their work. First article
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