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  • A Leap of Faith
    November 20, 2015
    As we approach Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1, all of us have much for which to be grateful. Christine Grounds, whose son Nicholas attends our Manhattan Star Academy, is sharing her story as we gear up for Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1 First article
  • A First Job and All Signs of a Bright Future
    October 29, 2015
    Hiring Andrew Waterbury from YAI's Brentwood WAVE program wasn't a difficult decision, says Susan Langen, Director of Human Resources at "I had a sister-in-law, Linda, with cerebral palsy who lived at Willowbrook," Susan recalls. "After seeing Geraldo Rivera's news reports on the facility, my father-in-law brought her home for 20 years. They told my in-laws she wouldn't live past age 8. She passed away at 58." When Susan heard about YAI helping people with disabilities get jobs, she recalls saying, "yes, we've got to do this." First article
  • Connecting and Promoting Independence
    October 28, 2015
    Barbara Meyers, who lives in YAI's Howard Beach supportive IRA, had big plans to visit a staff member who now works at YAI's Dawson Manor, about 15 minutes away. First article


  • 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.
    First article
  • 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.
    First article
  • 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


  • 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. 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. 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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