Group of people from YAI inside the Albany Capitol Building
Tue, April 09, 2019
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year on March 31. A mixed bag for the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, the budget contains items which directly affect the lives of people with disabilities and direct support staff.
Music provided by Conor Tague at the Autism Conference
Mon, April 08, 2019
YAI held its annual Autism Conference on April 2, 2019, coinciding with World Autism Awareness Day to match a moment when the global community reflects on advances in care, treatment, and understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
2 men and 2 women standing on the steps of the assembly chamber
Wed, February 21, 2018
Last Tuesday, 33 people from across YAI went to Albany to join the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation in their lobbying efforts. With such wide representation from the agency, we were able to meet with 40 different elected officials or their chiefs of staff! The group was able to thank their elected officials for supporting a living wage for Direct Support Professionals. YAI's representatives advocated for our elected officials continue to support the #bFair2DirectCare Campaign and...
Photograph of Dorian Chandler (L) and Sonja Williams (R)
Wed, November 29, 2017
Broomfield, CO: YAI Director of Training Sonja Williams was a featured speaker at the 2017 Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology in Colorado. Almost 500 people attended the event on November 2nd from all parts of the US, Canada and Great Britain. The annual conference, now in its 17th year, is uniquely focused on cognitive disabilities and technology.
Tue, February 21, 2017
Nearly 40 staff members and Self-Advocates joined others in Albany for lobbying day last week. Building on the # bFair2DirectCare initiative, lobbyists urged legislators to provide a living wage for thousands of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and other key staff in the disabilities service system throughout New York State.
Tue, November 15, 2016
YAI supports the #bFair2DirectCare Campaign and its move to encourage legislators to send a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to include $45 million in his Executive Budget Proposal as a first step toward providing a living wage for our staff who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sat, February 13, 2016
From the Poughkeepsie Journal, an opinion piece by officials from several service providers -- Jeffery Fox, Ph.D., Abilities First; Neil Pollack, Anderson Center for Autism; Gerard Dohrenwend, Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County; Vicki Sylvester, Ph.D., Community Based Services; Samuel Laganaro, New Horizons Resources, and Crys McCuin, The Arc of Dutchess. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plans to increase the minimum wage across New York State to $15 an hour incrementally by 2021 are well-known, and we commend...
Thu, February 11, 2016
Advocacy in action in Connecticut . Families and self-advocates are critical to gaining support of state lawmakers. Keep up the good fight Nutmeggers! Hoping Josh Kovner the Hartford Courant continues to focus on this key issue. HARTFORD — The signs of influence were there: About 30 legislators showed up at a rallying point Wednesday as dozens of parents of children with intellectual disabilities prepared to fan out through the Capitol complex and press lawmakers to resist $47 million in...
Wed, February 03, 2016
New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and our field needs to speak up. Contact Gov. Andrew Cuomo 's office and your NYS legislators. We need to ensure our voices are heard. Sharing NYSARC Executives' op-ed from Albany Times Union. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $15 minimum wage contains a serious flaw that threatens the financial viability of an entire field of caregivers and the people and families those caregivers support.While the governor has...
Mon, January 04, 2016
Bonnie Schinagle, a special education attorney, shares her advice to parents of children with disabilities. Learn more by attending our upcoming Autism Family Support Series on Jan. 14, 2016.


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