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...
Lindsay Mendez, 2018 Tony Award winner for the recent revival of Carousel
Wed, April 10, 2019
Lindsay Mendez, the 2018 Tony Award winner for the recent revival of Carousel , has long been an advocate for diversity on the Broadway stage. She has provided greater visibility for performers of color in theater with her impressive career, and she now lends her talents to support an organization within a vulnerable community: children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Artist Heidi creates a piece using a squirt gun for the iHOPE Art Speaks benefit
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.
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.
Photograph of MSA students with therapy dogs and their handlers from New York Therapy Animals
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...
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