Wed, September 30, 2020
For months we’ve marveled at the successes—and suffered through the failures—of in-person activities translated to a virtual format. At YAI, the virtual Central Park Challenge toppled fundraising expectations without a single footstep in the park itself. But what some event producers and political campaigns have managed to do beautifully has tripped up universities, religious organizations, and dramatists. The question: how can we duplicate a genuinely human experience in a digital sphere?
Tue, May 26, 2020
A longstanding bilingual program at YAI in Queens has reinvented itself to better serve families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in need during the COVID-19 crisis. The program caters to native Spanish speakers, providing instruction on the use of English-based resources such as OPWDD online portals or immigration documents.
Thu, December 19, 2019
At Elmsford Day Habilitation in YAI’s Hudson Valley region, a group of women are smashing the commonly held misconception that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) cannot meaningfully give back to their communities. For months, the women have spent their free time crocheting blankets for patients undergoing inpatient rehabilitation for chemical dependency at St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers.
Tue, June 18, 2019
Inside the recreation room of YAI’s Kew Gardens Multiservice Center, dozens of people gathered under bouquets of pastel balloons, laughing as...
Tue, April 09, 2019
On April 5, Angela Chan, who volunteers through YAI’s Elmsford Day Hab, received Volunteer New York!’s first ever Transformation Award. The award was given at the 39th Volunteer Spirit Awards at the Westchester Marriot in Tarrytown, New York to honor volunteers who have overcome personal challenges through their volunteer work.
Fri, February 24, 2012
When I was 10, my grandmother always saw me as a radio DJ. I was living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with her and I used to listen to all the disco station. I love music and have so many albums in my apartment. YAI and Job Path have encouraged me to pursue my dream of getting a job in the entertainment industry. I would love to work at The Apollo Theater or Magic Johnson's movie complex in Harlem. I've had other jobs. A couple of years ago, I was a receptionist at Job Path, but it was a difficult...
Sun, January 15, 2012
"A right delayed is a right denied." Today I am thinking about my grandfather and father gathered around a radio listening to Dr. King saying these words as he fought for the inclusion of people like my family. How odd that 50 years later I am in Amman, Jordan with a group of people who hold the same belief and are working to ensure that people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) are included in society. I am here with my colleagues Perry Samowitz and Fawzi Abu Hassish as...
Tue, January 17, 2012
Yesterday I visited the Al Dlail institution in northwest Jordan. It is difficult to put into words what I saw and how I felt. Having been part of the revolution, moving people with disabilities from institutions to community-based programs, it was a reminder of how far we have come and to never forget how people with disabilities have been mistreated. When I first arrived at the institution, I was taken into a room to meet the senior staff and see a slide show. The slides were quite revealing...
Thu, June 07, 2012
YAI's Day Services Independent Travel Training program is much more than teaching individuals how to access public transportation so they can commute from their homes to a day program. Being a travel trainer is tough. It's early mornings, long days riding the crowded public transit system, and it can be so tempting to offer quick solutions to the trainee (which would be counterproductive because the skill of independent travel requires confidence and decision making.) But that first time your...