Recreation

Mon, April 02, 2012
When trees begin to blossom and warm weather rolls in I start to get really excited for summer. Not for the beach or extravagant vacations. This means that summer camp is near and for years and years that meant packing a trunk crammed with nalgene bottles, as many socks as it could hold, crazy costumes and lots of sunblock and heading to the woods. As a child, this was usually for 2 or 3 weeks at a time, as a teenager a month, and as a counselor and group leader for 10 glorious weeks during...
Fri, April 13, 2012
Music, snacks and good company. That's all our residents from YAI's Mamaroneck and Wagner group homes need to have a good time. Why wait for the weekend to have a party? Our fun and energetic guys and gals have found a way to turn an ordinary Thursday night into a party for everyone to enjoy. Once a month, the Mamaroneck Residence is a house filled with laughter, dancing and the music of Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Sean Paul and songs from "Grease." One night last November staff from both homes...
Wed, August 22, 2012
Vacationing is not for the faint of heart. Under any circumstances. With YAI it's long hours, hard work, and requires creativity, empathy, organization and a whole long list of other things but it's also the best experiences of my life. But when YAI travels, I feel as if it's almost magical. This is ridiculous sounding, I know. But something unexplainable happens to staff and travelers alike. Sing a silly song in front of others knowing I have a terrible voice? Sure why not! Try something...
Sat, February 25, 2012
I love to travel. I've been to London and Wales. I've traveled with other groups of people with disabilities, but this afternoon will be my first trip with YAI's Leisure Trax travel program. I'm going on a cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. I once was on a cruise with my parents, about two years ago. We went to Puerto Rico. It was not so good. I like to do things on my own . . . not necessarily with my parents. This time I'm sharing a room with a roomate. He's independent, just like me. I've...
Thu, February 23, 2012
I recently picked up and am in the middle of reading "The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to be a Better Husband" by David Finch. While I have mixed feelings about it so far it is witty, insightful and an interesting read. The author discovers that he is an 'aspie' (a person with Asperger's syndrome) in his 30s. But the main take away I have is that this is a man who is trying to understand himself, his world and how to navigate it better...
Wed, February 22, 2012
I personally have implemented several “Orientation Outcomes” aimed at cognitive stimulation by asking simple questions such as the date of your birthday, your residence address, how big is your family, what are your parents’ name, etc. I do believe that even after receiving a formal diagnosis of Alzheimer's, it is still important stimulate the brain in order to slow down the decline of cognitive-brain activities . So, my advice? Please do something … Read a book, do puzzles, count, go through...
Wed, May 15, 2013
As we checked in for a flight to Las Vegas, I was pretty nervous. I was worried about take my first plane trip without my family. After takeoff, the ride was OK. I cracked up watching classic episodes of "Beavis and Butt Head" and to the 80's metal station on satellite radio. I was happy with our first day in Vegas. I enjoyed eating at the Burger Joint, but wasn't thrilled about seeing the celebrity impersonators posing along the strip. I was a little bummed that we didn't get here a few days...
Wed, December 25, 2013
One of my earliest routines I had was getting the mail. For as long as I can remember, I would brave the heat, cold, rain and snow and walk down the path in my front yard just to see what the mailbox held. To my family, my routine of fetching the mail was a normal part of being me: Something I did because I enjoyed it or just because I could. They had no idea of the truth, of why I really got the mail six days a week. They had no idea getting the mail had become routine because I always hoped...
Mon, February 04, 2013
Hi Folks! It's Adventure Girl, writing from Florida's Disney World. Today we finished day 4 of our trip. We went went on the rides in future world to doing 'global business' at the World Showcase in Ecpot. We also had time to do some shopping right before having dinner with characters at the Garden Grill. But in NYC it's still snowing! Florida's weather is absolutely different from ours. Tomorrow we're heading to Hollywood Studios, bringing movie stars and glamour to life. I want to participate...
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...

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