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.
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...
Tue, March 05, 2019
The entire iHOPE community is getting excited for the school's first formal fundraiser, Art Speaks, on March 20, 2019. The aim of Art Speaks is not only to raise funds for the school, but to raise awareness about iHOPE's students and the various ways they can express themselves through art, technology, and adapted equipment.
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, April 02, 2018
The students at Manhattan Star Academy wanted to give back to the community, and New York Therapy Animals has been volunteering at MSA for the past two years. It seemed like a natural next step that the proceeds from MSA's Valentine's Day dance-a-thon would go to support New York Therapy Animals. The dance-a-thon raised over $700! The students recently gathered to present the check to Nancy George-Michalson, Executive Director of New York Therapy Animals. The students were also excited to see...
Fri, February 10, 2012
Earlier this week, Barry's son Jeffrey moved into the E. 52nd St Residence in Brooklyn. I think Marion (my wife) is doing better than I am. I'm taken aback by the depth of my feelings. Don't get me wrong, after 10 or more years, I wanted to see Jeffrey move into this home. Now that it's done, it seems like he has taken to it like a duck to water, which is what we had hoped. Every parent wants to see their child safe, comfortable and happy. When he called the other morning to say, "Hi Dad, I'm...
Tue, February 07, 2012
I've waited years to see this. And Tuesday, Feb. 7, was definitely worth the wait. Six residents moved into their own home in Brooklyn -- the "Dream House" or E. 52nd St. Residence, whichever you prefer. It doesn't get much better than this. There were parents hanging boxes, bags of clothing being dragged in, hooks going up on closet doors, siblings working on the wireless system . . . just like any other people moving into a new home. But this was not an average day by any means. The home had...