Award

Group of people in a parade, holding orange banner
Tue, November 26, 2019
November was a month of milestones for YAI. On November 10, CEO George Contos made his debut on City and State’s Nonprofit Power 100 list, coming in at 45. Just five days later, YAI earned the 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest organization that evaluates the effectiveness and mission of US-based nonprofit organizations.
Group of seven people stand and pose for picture
Tue, October 29, 2019
Of all the collective knowledge held by experts and direct support staff at YAI, none surpasses the insight and experience of those who know, firsthand, what it’s like to live as a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). Because of this, YAI’s self advocates take their role seriously, dedicating much of their lives to giving a voice to the I/DD community through speaking engagements, community activism, and statewide political advocacy.
two people sit together, overlaid on the picture is text "Top Long Island Workplaces 2019 - Newsday"
Tue, October 29, 2019
On October 27, Newsday honored YAI’s Long Island region with a Top Workplaces 2019 award. Long Island, where more than 500 of YAI’s 4,000 staff are employed, offers a full range of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) including housing, socialization programs, and vocational training.
Award trophy with text "Newsday TOP Long Island Work Places 2019"
Mon, October 28, 2019
On October 27, a nonprofit that provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout Long Island was recognized as one of the region’s top employers. YAI – Seeing Beyond Disability, was one of 80 employers who received Newsday’s 2019 Top Long Island Workplaces award.
Patient receiving Occupational Therapy services at Premier HealthCare.
Tue, June 11, 2019
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health care quality, has recognized YAI Network’s Premier HealthCare as ...
Ja-mel standing at a podium accepting an award from ICD
Mon, April 29, 2019
Last Thursday, Ja-Mel Johnson, a YAI Human Resources Generalist, accepted an award from the Institute for Career Development (ICD) recognizing YAI as its Employer Partner of the Year.
4 people standing together, the second person on the left is holding up a certificate
Tue, April 23, 2019
April 16 was a day for celebration, as nine of the people that YAI supports were recognized by the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities for their tremendous accomplishments.
Crain's New York Business Logo
Mon, November 26, 2018
YAI is proud to announce that we have made Crain’s New York Business list of Top 25 Nonprofits of New York. To make this exclusive list , Crain's chooses 25 of the largest nonprofits in the New York area. The list is ranked by 2017 total operating expenses. YAI was listed alongside major nonprofits such as Museum of Modern Art, Wildlife Conservation Society, UNICEF, and many others. Crain’s is the leading source of New York economy information. Crain’s New York Business connects organizations...
NY START representatives at the National Conference
Mon, May 21, 2018
NY START’s Tri-Borough Region won first prize for the Research Poster Session at the START National Training Institute in Boston earlier this month. Over 200 professionals from around the country attended the three-day event, with 12 different teams submitting entries for this prestigious and highly coveted award.
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.
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