Central Park Challenge

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.
Mon, June 18, 2012
It all started with the "In My Shoes Presentation" at the YAI International Conference in May. "It was one of the main highlights of the conference," one person told me. In fact a self-advocate from North Dakota was so impressed, she asked us if we would travel there to do a show! Jerry and Melvin's photography and artwork were displayed and available for sale at the conference. Then came the Central Park Challenge! The YAI Self-Advocacy Group was asked to perform a Rap number on stage. It was...
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