Wed, August 05, 2020
Some say the lives of people with disabilities changed forever when President George H.W. Bush signed the American with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. Others, including several who have built careers at YAI that span decades, feel that this federal legislation, while groundbreaking, can be best seen as the first step of a still-unfinished journey.
Thu, December 31, 2015
2015 was a year of partnership, opportunity and advocacy. There were so many incredible moments from throughout our organization. Our Top 10 Stories from 2015 illustrate how YAI has made great strides in bringing its mission of living, loving, working and learning to life. We have much work ahead in 2016. By embracing a culture of constant conversation, we will continue to learn what's most important to people, so we can align our supports and services with their wants and needs.
Tue, July 13, 2010
This year, the YAI Network is thrilled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This groundbreaking legislation brought human rights to people with disabilities, giving millions of people new opportunities to lead meaningful, productive lives. The ADA outlawed discrimination in employment and housing. This sweeping federal law made discrimination on the basis of physical or developmental disability illegal, specifically with regard to employment and hiring...
Wed, August 11, 2010
Every week, Bridget DeLuca-Garcia, Lynn Cruz and Allison Downer make sure that democracy works. You probably wouldn't know it from their job description: The three women work at YAI residences for adults with developmental disabilities in Westchester. Ensuring the growth, independence and well-being of the people they serve is key. But they don't stop there. They are also committed to helping the residents make their voices heard. Bridget, Lynn and Allison work diligently with YAI’s Self-...
Fri, July 25, 2014
Even after 24 years since it was signed into law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is still having trouble gaining traction, especially regarding Title 1 which focuses on employment. According to United Cerebral Palsy's 2014 "The Case for Inclusion" report, only 13 percent of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, are currently employed in New York. The U.S. federal government is offering tax credits to...