Central Park Challenge

Front page of the Spring 2021 YAI Self Advocates Newsletter
Wed, March 10, 2021
This quarter's highlights include: Supported Employment | New White House Administration | COVID-19 | Interview with Jessica Sinchcomb | and more...
Group shot of people from YAI's East Tremont location, all wearing yellow Central Park Challenge Shirts
Fri, February 26, 2021
Imagine you’re planning the most important party of the year. You line up the perfect venue and gourmet catering, you confirm spotlights from the Board Chair, the Mayor, and Beyonce, and you watch as week by week, expectations for a good time soar... And then the world abruptly shuts down.
Front page of the Fall 2020 Self Advocates Newsletter
Wed, September 30, 2020
This quarter's highlights include: Virtual Central Park Challenge | Black Lives Matter Protests and Disabilities | Effects of COVID-19 | Interview with Naomi Ortiz| and more...
Map of world, many countries are colored red to show where people tuned in to YAI online events
Mon, August 31, 2020
Because of the pandemic, YAI rethought its traditionally frenetic calendar of springtime events this year to reach the digital sphere. The results, which surprised many, helped deliver new perspectives on disabilities to international audiences.
Central Park Challenge
Thu, June 25, 2020
YAI participates in Google Ad Grants program, which provides thousands of dollars of in-kind advertising to non-profits through Google search ads every month. Over the past year, YAI has ramped up efforts on Google Ad Grants to recruit volunteers, attract donors, and increase its visibility when people search for popular topics in the I/DD universe.
YAI Virtual Central Park Challenge logo. Saturday June 6 2020.
Thu, April 30, 2020
YAI’s Central Park Challenge is New York’s largest event celebrating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The roots of this one-of-a-kind gathering go back more than 30 years. In 2020, for the first time, the Central Park Challenge is going online. Although the decision was spurred by COVID-19, it also provides a unique opportunity to be the most accessible celebration YAI has ever held.
hundreds of people wearing teal shirts and walking YAI's Central Park Challenge
Mon, June 03, 2019
NEW YORK, June 3, 2019 – On Saturday morning, June 1, New York-based nonprofit YAI hosted its annual Central Park Challenge at the park’s Naumburg Bandshell. The event drew over 3,500 attendees and raised more than $450,000 to enrich services of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) while affirming their right to be seen as people, first. The largest charity event of its kind in the state, the Central Park Challenge benefits more than 300 YAI programs that provide more...
People wearing blue shirts, smiling and walking at central park challenge last year
Wed, May 29, 2019
YAI and host Bill Ritter will join more than 3,000 supporters in Central Park on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8:00 am EST for the YAI Central Park Challenge. For more than 20 years, YAI has held its annual Central Park Challenge to raise awareness of and to celebrate people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) including autism, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy. One of the largest events of its kind in New York, attendees of all ages and abilities are...
A group of people walking at the Central Park Challenge with one person waving
Fri, February 01, 2019
On June 1, 2019 this one-of-a-kind event will bring together people of all abilities to walk, run, have fun, and see beyond disabilities. Hosted at Central Park’s 72nd Street Bandshell, the event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

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