Employment

Office Assistant Berta Land greets a group of visiting students
Tue, April 02, 2019
On March 21, a group of seven District 75 high school students came to YAI’s Central Office to learn about different career paths available for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). YAI’s Employment Services Program supports people with I/DD through every stage of the employment process, from resume writing, to mock interviews, to ongoing job coaching.
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Fri, May 04, 2018
Starting in March, the YAI Westbury Long Island Employment Services program has been partnering with the Microsoft Store at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City to participate in private courses to introduce the people we support to technology to enrich their personal and professional lives. Through this initiative, YAI has been able to collaborate with the Microsoft Community Educators in selecting and tailoring Microsoft's curriculum for people with I/DD. Examples of courses that YAI...
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Thu, March 08, 2018
Back in 2015, Wendy L. began her journey toward employment. DSP Lorraine Myers and Supervisor Petal Morris worked with Wendy to procure an internship at CVS. After successfully completing the interview and hiring process, Wendy's internship lasted from January 2016 through June 2016. At the end of her internship, she was interviewed again and was hired as a stock clerk! After this accomplishment, Wendy set her sights on her next goal. She asked staffers Siddiqua Alleyne and Licha Leonce to be...
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Wed, December 30, 2015
Ellen Zimiles, a wonderful parent and partner at Navigant, Inc., makes a compelling case for hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We need more employment opportunities for the people we support.
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Thu, December 31, 2015
2015 was a year of partnership, opportunity and advocacy. There were so many incredible moments from throughout our organization. Our Top 10 Stories from 2015 illustrate how YAI has made great strides in bringing its mission of living, loving, working and learning to life. We have much work ahead in 2016. By embracing a culture of constant conversation, we will continue to learn what's most important to people, so we can align our supports and services with their wants and needs.
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...
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Fri, September 23, 2011
As an intake specialist and supervisor in YAI’s LINK Department, the intake, information and referral unit, I help connect people with disabilities to the services that meet their unique needs. So far this year, our department has received over 3,000 inquiries from people seeking information on autism services. An estimated 25 percent of those inquiries are specifically regarding individuals who either have a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome, or are characterized as having “high functioning...
Thu, December 15, 2011
As a person with a disability, in the past it's been a real struggle for me to obtain employment. I've been working at the New York City Self Advocate Association for the AmeriCorps project. The people, the office . . . working there was great. This October I got a call from my Job Coach at YAI: “There's a library job opening at the New York Public Library.” I jumped on it right away! I'm currently working as a page at the library where I look for books, put them back on the shelf, and do...
Fri, January 20, 2012
I recently got transferred to a new floor at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Looking from the outside, the library looks more like a small fortress or mansion. I started working on Stack 5 -- always busy. Most of the time I’m on my feet. I was recently transferred to Stack 3. The reason was the area should be less stressful. A few weeks ago, I was given the schedule for when I was to go on break. Then, on my own, I took a break (which wasn't the exact time as on the...

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