Recreation

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...
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...
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, 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...
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...
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...
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, 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...
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, 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...

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