Tue, February 26, 2019
Have you ever wondered what it takes to open a new residence at YAI? Check out what Hudson Valley Regional Director Kathy Schiavi wrote to the Waterview Team after they opened their region's first new home in 16 years.
Wed, March 06, 2019
A moment or two spent walking by YAI’s entrance on 34th Street and Tenth Avenue would be one of my best prescriptions for people who feel burnt out during the workday, feel stressed about their jobs, or lose sight of YAI’s mission.
Mon, February 11, 2019
Cooking, planning, and meditating. These are the three pillars of YAI’s Transition to Independence (TTI) program, a free group for young adults, ages 17-21, who are diagnosed with autism.
Thu, October 28, 2010
NOTE: This article refers to Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) which is no longer a service funded by OPWDD. Instead there is Care Coordination, which is a similar service, but one provided through care coordination companies. For more information, feel free to call YAI LINK at 212.273.6182. This month, YAI Network Senior Coordinator Jennifer Shaoul presents the first of two parts on how to prepare your loved one for the transition into adulthood. Both pieces address many different areas...
Mon, December 10, 2012
I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season. Much has been going on at YAI and I think you will like the direction our organization is headed with its new mission of living, loving, working, and learning. The people YAI and thousands of other agencies across the country support every day are really not that different from any of us. They want to live in a nice home, enjoy good friendships and relationships and have a good job. With that in...
Wed, January 16, 2013
The importance of performance measurement in tough fiscal times can't be overstated, but I also don't think there's any more important policy area to which it applies than human services. Recently, I spoke at a conference for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) on the fiscal outlook for 2013. Joining me was Bill Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Both of us predicted that Congress would ultimately...
Mon, February 25, 2013
When my severely autistic son was high school age, the local public school system offered him a placement at the high school. I remember feeling the swell of hope in my throat as I met with the administrators. Nat ... at the high school, one of the best in the country! Up until then, Nat had attended private autism programs most of his school career because there were no district-based programs for him. Born in 1989, Nat was at the beginning of the huge autism wave that was to come. His...