5 people sitting in a living room
Mon, June 04, 2018
The eight people who lived at the Ridgeway IRA moved to a brand new home in Medford on Monday, April 9th. It is a beautiful home that is on one level, fully wheelchair accessible, and ADA compliant. This is a dream come true for all of the residents, and everyone was excited about the move.
jobi and parents
Fri, May 13, 2016
"After all the things I've been through, this is one of the most rewarding things I've done in my 25 years of practice." — Kurt Widmaier Widmaier, the court-appointed guardian for Johnathan Elias, had just assisted his move from a residential school in Yonkers to YAI's Deer Park Residence, which opened Monday, in Long Island.
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.
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...
Fri, February 10, 2012
Earlier this week, Barry's son Jeffrey moved into the E. 52nd St Residence in Brooklyn. I think Marion (my wife) is doing better than I am. I'm taken aback by the depth of my feelings. Don't get me wrong, after 10 or more years, I wanted to see Jeffrey move into this home. Now that it's done, it seems like he has taken to it like a duck to water, which is what we had hoped. Every parent wants to see their child safe, comfortable and happy. When he called the other morning to say, "Hi Dad, I'm...
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 08, 2012
I was so proud to be part of the opening of our East 52nd St. Residence (also known as YAI's Dream House) on Tuesday. My heart filled with joy, as I heard a YAI residential coordinator describe how long the residents had been waiting for this house so the group of six individuals, all friends, could begin to share their lives together. This was the first time in my 11 years with YAI that I was involved in opening a residential program. I was amazed, how the house was transformed into a...
Tue, February 21, 2012
I worked in residential/service coordination in Virginia, my home state, for about five years. So when I read that Virginia will close four state institutions for people with developmental disabilities and move thousands of people to their own homes, their family's houses or group homes as part of a settlement announced recently with the U.S. Justice Department, I thought this is great news about a move in direction that is long overdue. The agreement came after a scathing federal report of the...
Mon, February 13, 2012
Over the last two years Iola has been working on increasing her preparation, attendance, and advocacy toward all her medical appointments, as well as completing all of her daily and weekly responsibilities within her residence. The team worked with Iola to develop a points system/token economy that would reward Iola each time she completed her medical and residential responsibilities. Over the last 24 months Iola has worked very hard, becoming more independent while also working toward a BIG...


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