Independence

Amelia at her wheelchair, she is looking at the screen of the communication device she is using talk suite on
Thu, April 29, 2021
Student body president, author, advice columnist–Amelia Sellman is an all-around superstar at iHOPE, YAI’s affiliate school for students ages 5-21 with traumatic brain injuries who cannot be served in their local school systems. The 19-year-old, who doesn’t use words to communicate, is one of 80 iHOPE students, all of whom use some form of assisted communication technology. Recently, Sellman has even started to use her Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device to advocate for herself in ways no one had previously imagined possible.
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.
two women stand next to one another and smile for photo
Tue, November 26, 2019
Even as the sky darkened and puddles collected on the lawn of their apartment complex in Westwood, New Jersey, Lisa Zabielski and Jenna DeNoble didn’t let the weather drown out their Halloween plans. “We love having friends over, so we’re throwing a Halloween pizza party tonight,” Zabielski said, smiling. “We’ll have a bucket of candy and put on some movies so no one has to go out in the rain.”
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...
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...
4 people standing together, the second person on the left is holding up a certificate
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.
Large group of Glen Cove residents at Disney
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...
Elizabeth Asen
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...

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