Andre Williams (middle) stands with Laney Alfaro (right), and Jesse Bernardez (left) in front of Starbucks Roastery-Chelsea
Fri, August 07, 2020
Long-term job placements for people with disabilities can yield improvements in their quality of life, according to a 2018 systematic review in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. This unsurprising fact has been a cornerstone of YAI Employment Services’ ethos for many years. But a new focus on job retention and maintaining strong employer relationships is one silver lining of the otherwise catastrophic COVID-19 public health crisis.
Jordan stands outside hardware store with a flatbed cart
Wed, April 29, 2020
As Americans get used to thinking in terms of “essential” and “non-essential” roles, two members of YAI’s supported employment workforce have soldiered on through the COVID-19 crisis. Housemates Richard Clolery and Jordan Kraus live in a supported apartment in East Meadow, Long Island. They have stepped up to the challenges of the pandemic, providing essential services to people experiencing the stress of this public health emergency.
Man holding out a phone, a woman holds the phone with hims and appears to be touching the screen
Tue, August 20, 2019
On August 8, a group of job-seekers from YAI Westbury got a taste of what it’s like to work for one of the nation’s largest clothing retailers. During their visit to Old Navy’s store in Hempstead, New York, participants spent the day shadowing employees as part of the retailer’s ON the Job program.
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.
Photograph of people sitting at computers while a woman stands in front of them by a large screen
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...
Photograph of Wendy
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...
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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