child sitting at a desk looking at a laptop
Thu, August 27, 2020
Not even the pandemic can stop the back-to-school spirit from energizing YAI’s two affiliate schools. Though online learning took parents and students by surprise in March, a summer of preparation has brought focus to virtual learning platforms at the International Academy of Hope (iHOPE) and Manhattan Star Academy (MSA).
Man stands with arms in air in front of a smartboard and children and staff in classroom
Fri, March 27, 2020
When Jerry Robinson first found a supported employment opportunity at YAI affiliate school iHOPE almost six years ago, he had no idea what to expect. It was Robison’s first time working with students with traumatic brain injuries. “When I first came to iHOPE it was kind of challenging because I’ve never worked at a place like this before,” Robinson said. “I had to get used to it. But I got the hang of it.”
Front page of the Spring 2019 Self Advocate Newsletter
Wed, July 24, 2019
This quarter's highlights include: Tony Award Winner with a Disability | YAI's Central Park Challenge | Terry's Graduation | YAI Latino Conference for People with Disabilities and more...
iHOPE student before the school’s cosmic-themed prom.
Tue, June 25, 2019
On June 20, YAI Network’s International Academy of Hope (iHOPE) hosted its fifth annual prom. The event, which was open to all iHOPE students over age 12, gave
MSA teacher leads a class counting activity
Thu, May 30, 2019
By the start of the 2019-20 school year, YAI’s affiliate schools, Manhattan Star Academy (MSA) and the International Academy of Hope (iHOPE), will have...
Front page of the Spring 2019 Self Advocate Newsletter
Fri, April 26, 2019
This quarter's highlights include: YAI Artists Showcase Their Work | I Have a Disability, But I am Learning to Cook for Myself | Interview with Jessica Presedo, from Food Bank For New York City | My Trip to Albany | and more...
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.
Amelia at her school prom
Mon, December 17, 2018
iHOPE student Amelia loves giving advice. She chose the words in bold below using her communication device. Her support staff then used partner assisted scanning to form complete sentences based on the phrases she picked. If you want Amelia's advice, please send your questions to AskAmeliaSellman [at] gmail.com and use the subject "Ask Amelia." Dear AskAmelia, I had an operation on my feet. I could not go to school for a loooooong time. Now it’s time to go back! However, I feel scared to go...
Karen Tumulty
Tue, September 11, 2018
A message from YAI's CEO George Contos: With a new school year underway, I’m happy to share an exciting update with all of you. In August, Karen Tumulty joined YAI as principal of iHOPE , a school in Upper Manhattan that supports over 50 children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affiliated with our organization earlier this year. Karen has 30 years of experience working with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was with New York League’s Roosevelt School for 27...
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