Campaign for a Place of Hope

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The YAI Network is a Place of Hope for thousands of people with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy or an intellectual disability, and their families. For more than 50 years we have remained true to our mission of meeting the needs of all people with disabilities and promoting their rights to lead independent and dignified lives in their communities. YAI provides the highest quality programs and services available, giving every individual, from birth through the senior years, the best possible chance to reach their full potential.

We are proud of how far we have come, but there is so much more to do. At a time when the demand for our services is growing, resources are shrinking and your help is needed more than ever!  
Through YAI’s Campaign for a Place of Hope, we seek to raise $20 million, which will enable us to continue our existing programs and meet new and urgent needs, such as:


The CDC now estimates that one in 150 children born will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This alarming increase has resulted in an acute shortage of programs, without a separate funding source for these services. The new YAI Autism Center will meet this need by providing comprehensive, expertly coordinated services for people of all ages with ASD, and their families. In addition, we are committed to developing a school for children over the age of five who have ASD or another developmental disability.


As a result of improved medical care and services, people with developmental disabilities are now living longer than ever before. However, they are more likely than the general population to develop age-related problems and to develop these conditions at an earlier age.  We are committed to ensuring that seniors continue to live independent and dignified lives in the community, without fear of being placed in institutional settings. YAI is creating a continuum of care to meet the needs of consumers as they age. Unfortunately, there is no public funding for these programs and services.

Residential Development

Currently, there are 2,000 individuals on YAI’s waiting list for residential placement, with more than one third living with aging caregivers. Developing safe comfortable homes and renovating existing ones will help to accommodate every person with a disability and meet their needs as they age over time.

Premier HealthCare

Premier HealthCare is committed to providing the best care possible to people with developmental disabilities and serves as a national model. But Premier’s patient-centered care is extremely costly for the organization, and many of Premier’s programs are not supported by the government.


Building a strong endowment will secure the future of the YAI Network and ensure the continuance of comprehensive, high-quality services, regardless of changes in government funding.

For additional information, please contact Patricia Donini at 212-273-6341 or