Located in heart of the Historic Hudson Valley, YAI-Westchester supports over 450 people through: 14 supervised IRAs, 7 supportive IRAs, 2 day habilitation programs (site-based and community-based), employment services, a Center for Specialty for Therapy (clinic), after hours respite services, evening socialization groups, 2 self advocacy groups, and a Family Advisory Council.
The leaders in our region have extensive experience in the field; many started out at the direct support professional (DSP) level and have grown into their current leadership positions.
Supports for staff include: enriched training program and curriculum, access to a multitude of services, leadership training programs, as well as external opportunities for training, committees, and advocacy involvement on local and state levels.
Our residences are primarily located south of 287, but we are hoping to expand north in the coming years. Our Day and Employment programs are located in Tarrytown and Elmsford.
Of course! You can contact Elizabeth, our intake specialist, at 914.631.2400 x334
Yes, we are always looking for new ways to grow. We are hoping to offer community hab and expand our clinic. We are also pursuing growth in residential opportunities and day programs.
All leaders in our region have completed a two day Person-Centered Thinking training. One page profiles are being developed for all of the people we support. We also have an active Change Committee that supports the region by embracing a person-centered philosophy and bringing self direction to fruition in a systematic way.
We are proud to say that the average tenure of a DSP in YAI-Westchester far exceeds the national average, with a mean of more than six years! This helps create continuity for the people we support, allowing them to form real bonds with our DSPs.
Yes, YAI provides opportunities for people to volunteer. We can work with people individually to assess areas of interest and will work to tailor the experience to meet each person’s desires. Please visit yai.org/volunteer for more information.
Thank you for considering making a financial gift to support YAI's mission and services. Your generosity helps ensure the people we support continue to receive the customized services they need, and are able to live life on their terms. There are a number of ways you can give; please visit yai.org/give or call 212.273.6350 for more information.
Read a true story that embodies the amazing things that are happening at YAI-Westchester every day.
Erica moved into our Wagner Residence in Westchester in 2002 and has been with YAI ever since. Over the past fifteen years, Erica has volunteered for the Special Olympics, participated in YAI’s Self-Advocacy program, and spoken at the Governor’s Office and The White House on behalf of people with developmental disabilities. Last year, after working with YAI staff to develop necessary life skills, Erica’s dream came true when she moved into her very own apartment. She is currently taking advanced computer programming classes and after graduation hopes to works in the field of technology. Erica’s story is just one of the many examples of how YAI-Westchester empowers people to reach their goals.