Self Advocacy

Group of seven people stand and pose for picture
Tue, October 29, 2019
Of all the collective knowledge held by experts and direct support staff at YAI, none surpasses the insight and experience of those who know, firsthand, what it’s like to live as a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). Because of this, YAI’s self advocates take their role seriously, dedicating much of their lives to giving a voice to the I/DD community through speaking engagements, community activism, and statewide political advocacy.
Front page of the Fall 2019 Self Advocate Newsletter
Fri, October 25, 2019
This quarter's highlights include: New YAI Headquarters Welcome Reception | Rallying for Accessibility | Greta Thunberg | Marching for Disability Pride and more...
Front page of the Spring 2019 Self Advocate Newsletter
Wed, July 24, 2019
This quarter's highlights include: Tony Award Winner with a Disability | YAI's Central Park Challenge | Terry's Graduation | YAI Latino Conference for People with Disabilities and more...
Front page of the Spring 2019 Self Advocate Newsletter
Fri, April 26, 2019
This quarter's highlights include: YAI Artists Showcase Their Work | I Have a Disability, But I am Learning to Cook for Myself | Interview with Jessica Presedo, from Food Bank For New York City | My Trip to Albany | and more...
(From left to right) Loretta, YAI Self Advocacy President Janice, Lee, Kevin, Kisha, and Jennifer in front of the Capitol Buildi
Wed, February 20, 2019
(From left to right) Loretta, YAI Self Advocacy President Janice, Lee, Kevin, Kisha, and Jennifer in front of the Capitol Building On February 11, a group of 47 people including people we support, YAI self advocates, family members, and staff braved the cold weather and took the trip to Albany to join the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation in advocating for the needs of people with disabilities. Upon arriving in Albany, the group from YAI received a briefing from Queens Regional...
Front page of the Winter 2019 Self Advocate Newsletter
Fri, January 18, 2019
This quarter's highlights include: An Introduction to Ask Amelia | Interview with Judy Rybak | Defying the Odds | Accessibility and the MTA | and more...
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...
Front page of the Fall 2018 Self Advocate Newsletter
Tue, October 30, 2018
This Fall Edition features a brand new look ! This quarter's highlights include: An Interview with YAI's CEO, George Contos | Car'Melo's Experience at the 2018 Benefit | Advocates at the Movies | The 2018 Latino Conference | and more...
A group of people from YAI at the disability pride parade
Thu, August 30, 2018
A great part of my job at YAI has been collaborating with, supporting and learning from the many people who are self advocates. This opportunity has not only enriched my professional and personal world, but it has also provided me with the opportunity to challenge and question myself in ways that have only enhanced my learning about people and myself. When involved in supporting a person who is a self advocate I try very hard to “not take away their power.” This is easy sometimes but very...

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