Tue, April 23, 2019
April 16 was a day for celebration, as nine of the people that YAI supports were recognized by the Queens Council on Developmental Disabilities for their tremendous accomplishments.
Mon, February 11, 2019
Cooking, planning, and meditating. These are the three pillars of YAI’s Transition to Independence (TTI) program, a free group for young adults, ages 17-21, who are diagnosed with autism.
Thu, January 03, 2019
Going to Disney has been one dream that has consistently been brought up over the years by residents at YAI’s Glen Cove residence. As a team that is constantly looking for ways to spread the person-centered mindset within the program, it seemed obvious that when one of the Glen Cove family members generously made a donation to fund a vacation, Disney was the obvious choice. There were significant hesitations given the lack of experience with airplanes among the people we support. When the idea...
Wed, November 07, 2018
This is what I know. On Saturday, October 27, people attended services at Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill suburb of Pittsburgh. Of the nearly 100 attendees, 11 people would not witness that night’s sunset, the symbol of the end of the Jewish Sabbath. In the ensuing days, I turned on the news and stared at pictures of the people who lost their lives. When David and Cecil Rosenthal, two brothers who attended Shabbat services weekly, appeared on the screen, I paused. Cecil, 59, and...
Thu, June 21, 2018
Recently, Deer Park resident Alexandru (Alex), completed the long journey of becoming a citizen of the United States of America! One of the reasons why Alex wanted to become a citizen was to show others what he is capable of. “I want to be a stand-up citizen,” he said, explaining that a good citizen is “honest, truthful and helpful.” Alex has lived in America for the past seventeen years after being adopted from Romania. He moved to Deer Park in May of 2016. “I love America. There are lots of...
Thu, April 12, 2018
Kathy T., who resides at Glenwood, has always expressed her desire to travel and one day be able to go on a cruise with her family. Using person center thinking tools, staff members met with Kathy to walk through the process of obtaining a passport. Staff reviewed all the steps with Kathy, which included the passport application, getting a money order for payment, documentation to establish identity, and getting passport photos. Once Kathy understood everything, she and her support staff...
Mon, October 09, 2017
Who better to describe what YAI does than a person we support? Here is Howard S.’s story, which he recently shared at the BIP Conference in Albany .
Mon, September 26, 2016
Imagine life without your cell phone or computer. No email, texts or camera for selfies. Unfortunately, that’s a reality for many of the 28 million Americans with cognitive disabilities, who have limited or no access to communication technology. A group of six YAI Self-Advocates are hoping to change that by spreading the word about the Declaration of the Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access .