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Finding New Ways to Support Black People with Disabilities
Fri, June 26, 2020
The civil and political unrest that has galvanized many Americans against systemic racism has profound implications on the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Discrimination based on race and color adds another obstacle to a level playing field – one YAI is mobilizing to address. And while the organization and its base of more than 4,000 employees seek institutional change in the workplace, YAI must also bring the issue, and the need for sustainable solutions, into the lives of the people it supports.
two people sit at a table, they are looking at the camera, the game "Sorry" is at the table.
Mon, April 27, 2020
YAI is having significant success using a crisis support model that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) cope with behavioral health challenges in their homes and avoid hospitalization or arrest. Over the past four years, YAI has used START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and Treatment) to serve nearly 600 individuals and their families across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens.
Woman stands with her arms behind her back, she is smiling
Tue, August 06, 2019
Vanessa Alicea and her son are no strangers to the stress and frustration that comes with trying to communicate during a crisis. Diagnosed with autism as a toddler, Alicea’s son has often struggled to convey his emotions and needs in a way his mother could understand.
simple black outline of the state of California with a palm tree and YAI logo, on a red background
Tue, July 09, 2019
SAN JOSE, California, July 8, 2019 – Two large nonprofits from different sides of the country have joined to pilot a cutting-edge crisis support model for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), in San Jose. On July 1, YAI, a New York-based I/DD services organization , partnered with the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) , which serves a similar population in California’s South Bay and Central Coast, to launch START (Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources, and...
NY START representatives at the National Conference
Mon, May 21, 2018
NY START’s Tri-Borough Region won first prize for the Research Poster Session at the START National Training Institute in Boston earlier this month. Over 200 professionals from around the country attended the three-day event, with 12 different teams submitting entries for this prestigious and highly coveted award.
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