Wedding anniversary celebrators, Nattlie and Stanley smile for the camera
Mon, April 15, 2019
Spring means love is in the air. On April 8, members of YAI's Manhattan Recreation Services, a program created to support independent adults through recreational activities, celebrated a special 46th wedding anniversary. Stanley and Nattlie Brooks have been together for 48 years.
Janet Channer
Mon, February 04, 2019
Many good things came to the world in 1994: Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa, The Beastie Boys were on fire with the release of “Sabotage,” The Lion King and Forest Gump were giants in the box office, the Sony PlayStation was born, and a wonderful woman named Janet Channer left her career in banking to begin working with people with disabilities at YAI’s Foothill Residence in Queens.
L-R: George Contos, Delia Tucker, Rocio Ruiz, Kat Pheysey, Consuelo Senior and Ravi Dahiya
Tue, November 13, 2018
YAI has over 60 years of experience and expertise in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) locally, throughout Downstate New York and Northern New Jersey. Our outstanding training program is renowned on a national level. However, YAI is taking bigger, and further, steps toward expanding its international reputation. Over the past few weeks, YAI has sent in-house experts to both Chile and South Korea to share their diverse knowledge on I/DD issues. We are also...
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...
Tue, December 29, 2015
Individuals living in YAI's first ICF on the grounds of the Brooklyn Developmental Center (BDC), at the request of OPWDD, moved into the community last week. Eight people, who have spent most of their lives living at the Brooklyn Developmental Center (BDC), left for YAI's Brooklyn Day Services program on Nostrand Ave., one morning last week, but returned to a house which is now their home at YAI's City Line Residence.
Thu, December 31, 2015
2015 was a year of partnership, opportunity and advocacy. There were so many incredible moments from throughout our organization. Our Top 10 Stories from 2015 illustrate how YAI has made great strides in bringing its mission of living, loving, working and learning to life. We have much work ahead in 2016. By embracing a culture of constant conversation, we will continue to learn what's most important to people, so we can align our supports and services with their wants and needs.
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