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Mission and Culture



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YAI is a network of agencies offering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services. 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 nearly 4,500 employees, provide information and referral services, a school age program, family support services, primary and specialty health care, mental health and rehabilitation services, day services, employment training and placement, and residential opportunities.