Jackson holds a basketball while using the Trexo gait trainer
Thu, January 28, 2021
For students at the International Academy of Hope (iHOPE), YAI’s school for children with brain injuries, working to increase their independence is an essential part of the curriculum. When iHOPE staff saw one of their students taking steps with the help of a cutting-edge mobility device, they wondered how many of the other students could also benefit from it.
staff person with a boy and a phone
Wed, December 30, 2020
Sarah Shanderson is passionate about using smart technology, often turning on her lights from her smartphone and counting her steps with her Fitbit. Now she is sharing her zeal for tech with people served by YAI with the goal of empowering them to live safer, healthier, and more independent lives.
Man stands with arms in air in front of a smartboard and children and staff in classroom
Fri, March 27, 2020
When Jerry Robinson first found a supported employment opportunity at YAI affiliate school iHOPE almost six years ago, he had no idea what to expect. It was Robison’s first time working with students with traumatic brain injuries. “When I first came to iHOPE it was kind of challenging because I’ve never worked at a place like this before,” Robinson said. “I had to get used to it. But I got the hang of it.”
two women sit at a table, one is using an ipad while the other watches/supports
Thu, February 27, 2020
With the digital revolution accelerating on all fronts, YAI is launching the region’s first center dedicated to evaluating how assistive technology can improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). YAI’s Center for Innovation and Engagement kicked off the two-year pilot program in February.
Photograph of people sitting at computers while a woman stands in front of them by a large screen
Fri, May 04, 2018
Starting in March, the YAI Westbury Long Island Employment Services program has been partnering with the Microsoft Store at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City to participate in private courses to introduce the people we support to technology to enrich their personal and professional lives. Through this initiative, YAI has been able to collaborate with the Microsoft Community Educators in selecting and tailoring Microsoft's curriculum for people with I/DD. Examples of courses that YAI...
YAI's Declaration Champions presented at a Self-Advocacy Association of New York State Conference recently.
Mon, September 26, 2016
Imagine life without your cell phone or computer. No email, texts or camera for selfies. Unfortunately, that’s a reality for many of the 28 million Americans with cognitive disabilities, who have limited or no access to communication technology. A group of six YAI Self-Advocates are hoping to change that by spreading the word about the Declaration of the Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access .
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