YAI Media Coverage

Spreading our Message

Raising awareness about the rights and needs of people with disabilities is central to the mission of the YAI Network. Thanks to the people we serve and their families, as well as our dedicated staff, we always have an inspiring and compelling story that we want to share with the world.  

If you are a media professional looking for an expert opinion, profile, quote or story idea, be sure to check out our Press Kits and contact the following:

Media Contacts

Lynn U. Berman
Senior Media Relations Manager
After-hours cell 203-981-6938

YAI Network News Clips


Brooklyn News 12, Oct. 30 and 31, features a YAI employment success story during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

WNBC-TV, July 26, Today in New York weekend edition, features live interview with CEO Matt Sturiale and Saher Shahid, an Etsy employee who receives support from YAI, to discuss the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on its 25th anniversary.

WNYW-TV (Fox 5), Good Day Street Talk. feattures Kathy Schiavi, Director of Day/Employment Services, Liam O'Connell, Employment Training Specialist, and Corey Johnson, an Etsy employee who receives support from YAI.

WABC-TV, June 6, features brief story on our Central Park Challenge.

WCBS-AM, June 6, features interview with Fred Feibush, Vice President of Residential Services, from our Central Park Challenge.

WINS-AM, June 6, features interview with Matt Sturiale, CEO, about our Central Park Challenge.

Black EOE Journal, May 18, 2015, "YAI's Unity ERG — Our Story," David Hylton of YAI's Human Resources Dept., describes the start of an employee resource group for African- and Caribbean-American employees at the YAI Network.

CIO Review magazine, March 2015, "Google Apps Implementation," by Vivek Sawhney, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of YAI, Page 35.

Autism Spectrum News, Spring 2015, "Steps to Increasing the Success of a Behavior Plan," by Lana Small, MSW, Coordinator of YAI's Community Habilitation program. Page 3.

Autism Spectrum News, Spring 2015, "YAI International Conference May 4-7, in New York City." Page 21.

Building Blocks magazine, March 2015, "Sticks and Stones: Why Words Matter," by Sarah Baier, LMSW, Assistant Coordinator of YAI's Clinical and Family Services Dept. Page 30.

NY Metro Parents, March 2015, "The Importance of Social Connection for Those with ASD," by Anna Schecter, LMSW, Supervisor of YAI's Hankering for More socialization program.

The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2015, "For Special-Care Residents, New York State Policy Means Leaving Home." Partnering with OPWDD, YAI shares success story of one former Brooklyn Developmental Center resident who is now living in YAI's Riverdale Residence in the Bronx. Fred Feibusch, Vice President of Residential Services, and the individual's mother are quoted. Metro Section Cover, with photos.

NY Metro Parents, Winter 2015, "Parachute Required," Dr. Bernadette Flynn, Executive Director of the New YOrk League for Early Learning, contributes to an article with a member of NY Metro Parents' staff about outgrowing the 1-to-1 paraprofessional.

Bronx Times Reporter, Jan. 1, 2015, "Morris Park Association Hosts Annual Toy Drive," feature on community toy drive benefiting Hary H. Gordon preschool in the Bronx.


Newsday, LI Business, Dec 7, 2014, "Trained & Ready; As People with Disabilities Seek Employment, the Job Market Presents Challenges," feature on partnership with eVero Corp. and YAI.

New York Post, Oct. 13, 2014, Starr Report features item on Bill Ritter and Cheryl Wills emceeing at YAI's Partners at the Pier Gala. Also mentions Robert Clohessy of Blue Bloods to attend the event.

Parents magazine, April 2014, "The Faces of Special Needs," slideshow and video of some familiar and new faces from our New York League for Early Learning. Angelina McFarlane, slides 1 and 2 (also on the cover of print publication); Daniel and Chloe Molina, slide 3; Norma Xi'Xi McGlaughlin, slides 9 and 10; Siobhan O'Shea, slides 13 and 14. All the children appear in the print edition of Parents. YAI also supported the publication by having parents surveyed for this edition focusing on special needs.

New York Metro SpecialParent, Spring/Summer 2014, "Saying Goodbye to Your Pediatrician" Dr. David M. Kaufman, Founding Medical Director of Premier HealthCare and Medical Director of YAI's Center for Specialty Therapy, provides his perspective.

New York Metro SpecialParent, Spring/Summer 2014, "Tips for Choosing the Best Doctor for Your Child," by Dr. Lela Mayers, Chief of Medicine at Premier HealthCare.

New York Metro SpecialParent, Spring/Summer 2014, "Coping Strategies: The Importance of Spending Nights Away From Home," by Jennifer Shaoul, Senior Coordinator of YAI LINK, information and referral department. Feature on preparing a child of any age by enrolling in overnight respite programs.

New York Metro SpecialParent, Spring/Summer 2014, "Everyday Heroes: Meet Kenny Berg." Feature on 33-year-old Kenny Berg and how his mother Clara helped him achieve the best life possible.

New York Metro SpecialParent, Spring/Summer 2014, "Everyday Heroes: Meet Angelina McFarlane." Defying the early expectations, this preschooler with cerebral palsy has begun to use her voice and has strengthened core muscles, improvidng her changes of walking.

New York Metro SpecialParent, Spring/Summer 2014, "Everyday Heroes: Meet Randy Reyes." "How wrong they were," recalls a mother, describing the assesment of early educators of her son with cerebral palsy.

Autism Spectrum News, Spring 2014, "YAI International Conference: April 28-May 1, 2014 at New York Hilton,"page 17. Feature on autism sessions at YAI's 2014 International Conference.

Autism Spectrum News, Winter 2014, "Augmentative Communication: Finding the Real Person 'Trapped Inside," page 8, feature on how YAI's Augmentative & Alternative Communication Center is changing lives of individuals with autism; "Leaders Gather to Celebrate Autism Spectrum News" First Annual Event," Page 20, feature on Dr. Charles Cartwright, director of the YAI Autism Center, was presented with the Beacon of Hope Award in Research and Clinical Outreach, includes photo of Charles with YAI staff; "YAI Mourns the Loss of Thomas Dern," page 32.


West Side Spirit, Dec. 26, 2013, "Special Needs School to Open on Upper West Side." Feature on Manhattan Star Academy's new home on the upper Westside, with quotes from CEO Stephen Freeman, and Rae Eisdorfer, Director of the school.

Echoes-Sentinel News, Dec. 23, 2013, "Asperger's Support Group Meets at Mount Bethel Village." Story on our National Institute for People with Disabilities of New Jersey's Asperger's Skill Building Network expanding.

DNAinfo New York, Dec. 18, 2013, "School Opening for Students with Range of Special Needs." Feature on the school's new home. Jonathan Mir, the father of a Manhattan Star Academy student, is interviewed, along with Rae Eisdorfer, School Director, and Kerry Ackerman, Admissions and Educational Services Coordinator.

New Jersey Hills News, Dec. 15, 2013, "Asperger's Support Group Meets Twice a Week at Mount Bethel." Story on NIPD/NJ's Asperger's Skill Building Network offering more groups.

New York Nonprofit Press enewsletter, Dec. 13, 2013, "Mourning the Loss of Thomas Dern."

Times Newsweekly, Dec. 12, 2013, "Cutting Ribbon on New Senior Housing In Howard Beach." YAI is mentioned as one of several OPWDD-funded agencies who will have apartments in the complex.

New York Nonprofit Press Enewsletter, Dec. 6, 2013, "CCBQ Dedicates Peter J. Striano Residence in Howard Beach," mentions YAI having apartments in the complex.

The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2013, Letter to the Editor: "Treaty on Disability Rights," Stephen E. Freeman, CEO, urges the Senate to do the right thing and approve the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.

Yahoo News, Nov. 13, 2013, Photo of Sherri Shepherd, our National Spokesperson, and Wendy Williams, emcee, of our 2013 Gala.

New York Post, Nov. 6, 2013, Michael Starr's Starr Report, mentions Wendy Williams emceeing YAI's Gala.

The New York Times, Oct. 24, 2013, "Hitting the Wall: For Marathon Charities, Numbers Are Slowing." YAI is among other major New York City charities struggling to recruit runners and raise funds as part of the ING New York City Marathon charity partners' program.

Education Update, Oct. 25, 2013, "Exclusive Interview with Stephen E. Freeman, CEO of YAI." Publisher Pola Rosen's extended interview with our CEO, who discusses the new mission of YAI and his vision for the future of the developmental disabilities' field.

Amsterdam News, week of Oct. 19-25, 2013, features photos from Sherri tribute event.

Autism Spectrum News, Fall issue, page 7, "Positive Psychology In Autism Spectrum Disorders," by Jill Krata, Manager of Clinical Services, YAI Autism Center

Staten Island Advance, Sept. 15, 2013, "Service with a Smile: Staten Island Harden Jackson Was a Winner at US Open." Profile of Harden Jackson, one of a team of workers from The Corporate Source, a YAI network memeber, maintaining the food village at the US Open for Levy Restaurants.

ET Online (video also appears on HuffPost Video, USAWeekend.com, and Jobs.aol.com, ), Sept. 13, 2013, "Sherri Shepherd Honored for Charity Work at YAI." CEO Stephen E. Freeman and Sherri Shepherd are interviewed about her contributions to YAI as its national spokesperson.

NewsOK, Sept. 13, 2013, "Sherri Shepherd Honored for Charity Work at YAI, " on Tribute to Sherri event in New York City.

WOR-AM's Joan Hamburg Show, Sept. 11, 2013, phone interview with Sherri Shepherd on YAI's tribute to her.

The Tennis Channel, Sept. 6, 2013, Features workers from The Corporate Source maintaining the food village the US Open for Levy Restaurants.

Queens Chronicle, Sept. 5, 2013, "YAI Workers Are a Force at US Open." The Corporate Source provides seasonal work for individuals with disabilities for a 15th consecutive season at the US Open tennis championship.

Autism Spectrum News, Summer issue, page 18, "YAI Central Park Challenge Provides Opportunity to Promote Vision for the Future."

Bronx News 12, June 12, 2013, "Bronx Special Needs Twins Graduate from YAI Harry H. Gordon Preschool," feature on Matt and Hunter Gumerove and how far they have come thanks to the support of the staff at their preschool.

Daily News (and picked up in New York Nonprofit Press Enewsletter), April 10, 2013, "Amen Sisters: Bay Ridge Convent Reborn as Home for Developmentally Disabled Seniors."A former convent is put to good use once again as a group home for YAI's seniors with disabilities.

Brooklyn Eagle, April 17, 2013, "Bay Ridge Convent Is Converted Into Home for Disabled." A former convent continues serving a nobel purpose as a group residence.

Autism Spectrum News, Spring issue, page 4, "YAI Spanish-Language Conference Empowers, Inspires and Changes Parents' Perceptions."

Autism Spectrum News, Spring issue, page 25, "YAI International Conference May 6-9 at Hilton New York."

Autism Spectrum News, Winter issue, page 24, "Make Inclusion Work! Reducing Behavioral Challenges In the Classroom for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder," by Jill Krata, Manager of Clinical Services, YAI Autism Center.


CBS This Morning, Nov. 3, 2012, "Weathering Sandy." OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke joins YAI CEO Stephen E. Freeman for an in-studio interview on the national broadcast about how non-profits serving people with disabilities held up during the storm. Features footage shot at YAI residences in Long Island and Manhattan.

Queens Chronicle, Oct. 23, 2012, "YAI Network Helps Disabled Ride New York City Transit on Their Own." Staff from YAI's Day Services Travel Training Program explain how self-esteem and a sence of independence are growing as more individuals learn to navigate MTA mass transit on their own.

Autism Spectrum News, Fall issue, page 25, "Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem Opens with Integrated Program for Children with High-Functioning Autism." New Charter School partners with the YAI Autism Center to identify children in the community with high-functioning autism.

Autism Spectrum News, Fall issue, page 26, "YAI Autism Conference: Autism and Bullying Set for Nov. 28." Story promotes YAI Autism Center's annual conference.

Autism Spectrum News, Fall issue, page 26, "Free Conference for New Jersey Families on Community Care Waiver." Story promotes NIPD/NJ's free conference for families.

Queens Chronicle, Sept. 6, 2012, "YAI Workers Find Home at US Open." Levy Restaurants turns to YAI's workers with disabilities for a 14th consecutive season to maintain the Grand Slam tennis tournament's food village.

Journal News, Aug. 23, 2012, "Rockland Children with Autism Enjoy Rare Summer Treat." Feature on our Rockland County Association for Learning Disabilities' Good Vibrations program and its partnership with Championship Day Camp.

Port Chester Patch, Aug. 10, 2012, "In Larchmont, 17 Years of Work and Just One Sick Day." Feature on Robert Debell, a longtime member of the Hilton Westchester's catering department.

The Huffington Post IMPACT, July 26, 2012, "22 Years Later, Time to Get Serious About the Americans with Disabilities Act." CEO Stephen E. Freeman knows first-hand what a job opportunity means to a person with disability. He profiles some top companies who recognize the value of this untapped resource.

Daily News, July 1, 2012, "Randy Reyes Graduates From High School, Overcoming 20 Years of Adversity." It was a graduation which no one, except for Randy and his mother, Maria Reyes, ever expected.

Autism Spectrum News, Summer issue, page 20, "Autism Parent Support Groups, a Successful Model Providing Information and Support," by Kate Macaluso, Supervisor of YAI LINK.

Scarsdale Patch, June 12, 2012, "Bo Dietl Hits the Links at Fenway Golf Club to Support YAI." Feature on Bo Dietl, one of the highest decorated detectives in the New York City Police Dept, plays golf to support YAI and the people it supports.

Daily News, Feb. 6, 2012, "A Brooklyn Home of Their Own: For Disabled Adults and Their Familes, It's a Dream Come True." For the individuals moving into YAI's E. 52nd Street Residence in Brooklyn, a dream has finally become a reality.

The New York Times' School Book Blog, Feb. 3, 2012, "In Harlem, a Charter School Recruits Autistic Students," Feature on the Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem seeking children with autism and its partnership with the YAI Autism Center.


New York Nonprofit Press, Sept. 15, 2011, "Nonprofit Human Services Agencies Parnter with New Charters," mentions YAI Autism Center's partnership with Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem.

New York Nonprofit Press, July 11, 2011, "Freeman Succeeds Levy at YAI." Stephen E. Freman is named CEO of YAI.

Autism Spectrum News, Spring 2011, "Using Video Modeling as an Evidenced-Based Intervention for ASDs," by Jill Krata, PhD, Associate Chief of the Premier HealthCare Autism Research and Treatment Institute and Manager of Clinical Services at the YAI Autism Center; Page 10.

Autism Spectrum News, Spring 2011, "YAI Network's 32nd Annual International Conference to Focus on Autism," Page 10.

New York Nonprofit Press, April 21, 2011, "YAI Assists with Two Group Homes in Jordan;"
The Jordan Times reports on the opening of two group homes for 12 citizens with intellectual disabilities in Zuhom, Karak.  The homes were developed with the technical assistance of New York's own YAI Network.

The Jordan Times, April 21, 2011, "Karak Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities Move into New Group Homes"

Petra news agency, April 20, 2011, "Prince Ra'ad Opens Homes for Disabled Persons"



The Bronx Times, November 11, 2010, "Services and space are expanded at Premier HealthCare in Throggs Neck": http://www.yournabe.com/articles/2010/11/11/bronx/bronxtimes-yn_bronx_front_page-44-healthcenter.txt

The Journal News, Rockland edition, Oct. 29, 2010, "Rockland Agency for Learning Disabled Dedicates Multipurpose Center": http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=201010280312

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 5, 2010, "Millman Honored by YAI Network": http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=31&id=38537

Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch, September 29, 2010, "YAI Gala Wine Tasting and Silent Auction to Jump-Start October":  http://tarrytown.patch.com/articles/yais-gala-wine-tasting-and-silent-auction-to-jump-start-october

Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch, September 21, 2010, "YAI Hosts Blood Drive to Help Alleviate Regional Shortage": http://tarrytown.patch.com/articles/yai-hosts-blood-drive-to-help-alleviate-regional-shortage

The Hudson Independent, August 1, 2010, "YAI: Providing Meaningful Work For Mentally Challenged": http://thehudsonindependent.com/node/2117

The Lower Hudson Journal News, July 27, 2010, "Anniversary of disabilities act marked in Mamaroneck by those who found their voice": http://www.lohud.com/article/20100724/NEWS02/7240328/Anniversary-of-disabilities-act-marked-in-Mamaroneck-by-those-who-found-their-voice

The New York Post, June 3, 2010, "Park Run For The Disabled": http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/park_run_for_disabled_05iLhYyXHkXp0MSci3fQuI

The Epoch Times, May 25, 2010, "Council Member Weprin Calls for Autism Funding": http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/36162/

The Staten Island Real-Time News, May 7, 2010, "Willowbrook Survivors Recollect Dark Days": http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/05/willowbrook_survivors_recollec_1.html

The Journal News, March 4, 2010, "Horace Greeley boys ready to swim for a good cause": http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20103040323

Santa Fe Reporter, February 24, 2010, "Jackson’s Legacy: A 23-year-old lawsuit still sets the stage for new mexico’s most vulnerable citizens": http://www.sfreporter.com/stories/jackson_s_legacy/5383/all/

The Leader-Herald,  February 19, 2010, “Group Home Safety Policies Urged”: http://www.leaderherald.com/page/content.detail/id/520119.html?nav=5011


WABC-TV's Tiempo,  December 27, 2009, Host Joe Torres interviews Dr. Charles Cartwright, Director of the YAI Autism Center, and Dr. Brigida Hernandez, Director of Research for the YAI Network, about the rise in autism, especially among the Latino community. VIDEO: Tiempo on December 27, 2009 Part 1 and VIDEO: Tiempo on December 27, 2009 Part 2 

The Wall Street Journal,  December 19-20, 2009, “Sharp Rise In Autism, But Causes Are Unclear”: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126116363121997487.html

Reuters, December 4, 2009, "Health sector eases US job loss" (video): http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=9315934

The Queens Chronicle, September 10, 2009, "People with Disabilities Put A Shine on U.S. Open": http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20368276&BRD=2731&PAG=461&dept_id=574902&rfi=6

The Journal News, July 30, 2009, "Spirited Woman Battles Illness": http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2009907300381

Autism Spectrum News, Summer 2009, “Navigating the Transitional Years – With a Little Help”
Autism Spectrum News, Summer 2009, “For People on the Spectrum, There’s No Place Like the Medical Home”
Autism Spectrum News, Summer 2009, “Finding the Ability in Disability”
Autism Spectrum News, Summer 2009, “Meet Premier HealthCare’s Autism Fellow: Dr. Maria McCarthy”

Autism Spectrum News, Spring 2009, “Searching for a School-Age Program”
Autism Spectrum News, Spring 2009, “Tools for Identifying Autism in Infants and Toddlers"

Autism Spectrum News, Winter 2009, “YAI/NIPD Network Names Dr. Charles Cartwright Director of Autism Center; Members of Autism Advisory Council Also Named”
Autism Spectrum News, Winter 2009, “Guiding Families: YAI Service Coordinators Assist Families in Accessing Services and Coping with a child’s Diagnosis of Autism”


New York Nonprofit Press, Oct. 21, 2008, “Leadership Transition at YAI”: http://www.nynp.biz/index.php/people/79-leadership-transition-at-yai

The New York Times, Aug. 12, 2008, “Caring for a Special Needs Child Can Be Difficult for Business Travelers”: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/business/12special.html?scp=16&sq=Philip%20H.%20Levy&st=cse

The New York Times, June 1, 2008, “For People With Down Syndrome, Longer Life Has Complications”: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/nyregion/01down.html?scp=3&sq=Philip%20H.%20Levy%20+%20Down%20Syndrome&st=cse

Newsday, Jan. 26, 2008, “Special Court Cleaners; Chasing Away the Dust Bunnies”: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/li-life/special-court-cleaners-1.561614


PR News Wire, May 14, 2007, "YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Obtains Favorable Settlement in Washington Heights Condo Lawsuit": http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=ind_focus.story&STORY=/www/story/05-14-2007/0004587784&EDATE=MON+May+14+2007,+01:35+PM


ABC News/Nightline, May 30, 2006, “Love Complicates Life Even for the Autistic”: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/Health/story?id=2019736&page=1

The New York Times, April 20, 2006, “Learning to Savor a Full Life, Love Life Included": http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/20/us/20romance.html?_r=1&scp=18&sq=Philip%20H.%20Levy&st=cse


The Associated Press, April 12, 2004, “Autistic Man Expresses Himself with the Piano; Music May Improve Social Skills for People with Condition": http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4721389/ 

The New York Times, Aug. 29, 2004, “Life’s Work; Off-Court Achievements at the U.S. Open”: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/29/jobs/life-s-work-off-court-achievements-at-the-us-open.html?scp=1&sq=Lisa+Belkin+%2B+disabled&st=nyt


The Daily News, Feb. 19, 2003, “Hole New World for Disabled”: http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/ny_local/2003/02/19/2003-02-19_hole_new_world_for_disabled.html


The New York Times, April 2, 2000, “Neighbors Open Arms to New Group Home”: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/04/02/nyregion/neighbors-open-arms-to-new-group-home.html?scp=1&sq=YAI%20+%20Glebe%20Ave.&st=cse


The Daily News, May 20, 1999, “Special Airport Job For Dogs’ Best Buddy”: http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/ny_local/1999/05/20/1999-05-20_special_airport_job_for_dogs.html

The Daily News, March 21, 1999, "Hope & Help for Disabled": http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/ny_local/1999/03/21/1999-03-21_hope_-___help_for_disabled.html