Independence

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...
Alex stands by an etched picture of an American Eagle on a large silver colored disc
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...
Photograph of Kathy T
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...
Photograph of Howard smiling and wearing a shirt and tie
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 .

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