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Mission and Culture



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YAI is a network of agencies offering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services across the lifespan. Our mission is to help others achieve the fullest life possible by creating new opportunities for living, loving and working. Today the agency, founded in 1957, is in the vanguard of an extraordinary new movement aimed at replacing outmoded ideas of dependence with visionary strategies designed to enable us all. YAI’s workforce of over 5000 employees, provide information and referral services, early childhood and school age programs, family support services, primary and specialty healthcare, mental health and rehabilitation services, day services, employment training and placement, and residential opportunities.