Person-Centered

Wed, February 06, 2013
Hi Folks, Adventure Girl here writing from the sunshine state. With my vacation winding down here's what I did today: We started off by hitting the pool and the jacuzzi. Almost everyone made a splash there. I played a brief game of "notable quotables," naming famous lines from classic Disney films. Then we went to Epcot. We did everything from going on future world rides to browsing many different countries in the World Showcase before having dinner. I met Mexican Donald Duck at the Mexican...
Mon, July 30, 2012
I love when I can hear someone smiling on the phone. It happened today when I spoke to Adrian, a 30-year-old who lives in a YAI group home in Queens. Since moving into the residence, Adrian's life has changed dramatically. He had lived with his mom, moving from place-to-place for many years, until January of 2010. Adrian was hesitant about moving in, said Heather Dawson, the residential supervisor. "Adrian's life had been filled with uncertainly. And here was a chance to move into a home, and...
Thu, February 07, 2013
Hi Folks, It's Adventure Girl back for another blog entry. Today I survived the last day of Disney magic at the Magic Kingdom theme park. We had a buffet breakfast at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa but I made a mess with it. I absolutely don't like it when things get too loud, NOT A GOOD MOVE! That's because I'm not the only one on the autism spectrum in the room. I got to meet the characters at every theme park I went to. The things that I learned during my trip were to try new things...
Mon, December 10, 2012
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season. Much has been going on at YAI and I think you will like the direction our organization is headed with its new mission of living, loving, working, and learning. The people YAI and thousands of other agencies across the country support every day are really not that different from any of us. They want to live in a nice home, enjoy good friendships and relationships and have a good job. With that in...
Mon, May 14, 2012
Mothers are amazing and with that in mind, we'd like share comments from one of those wonderful moms in New York City. If you have a child with special needs in New York City, then you likely know Margaret Puddington. If you don't, you should! The following are remarks by Margaret delivered during the Premier HealthCare full-day conference on May 2, 2012 during YAI's International Conference. Mrs. Puddington's remarks were in response to a keynote address on New York State's Person First Waiver...

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