Group shot of people from YAI's East Tremont location, all wearing yellow Central Park Challenge Shirts
Fri, February 26, 2021
Imagine you’re planning the most important party of the year. You line up the perfect venue and gourmet catering, you confirm spotlights from the Board Chair, the Mayor, and Beyonce, and you watch as week by week, expectations for a good time soar... And then the world abruptly shuts down.
Jimmy Tucker, YAI artist, preps one of his pieces for delivery at the YAI Arts studio while practicing social distancing
Thu, October 29, 2020
Creativity. Independence. Talent. These are the qualities that unite the artists in YAI Arts. Pre-pandemic, the group would have regular studio hours with YAI’s artist mentors. Over the past eight months, the group has hosted remote sessions and the artists have flourished.
Ashley Walters raises her hands while her mother ensures her stability during a physical therapy session
Thu, October 29, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York in March, most in-person services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) disappeared overnight. This put many people at risk for losing years of hard-won progress in education, socialization, and crucial life skills.
person sitting at a table with headphones on, looking at a laptop. There are many certificates on the wall behind them
Wed, September 30, 2020
For months we’ve marveled at the successes—and suffered through the failures—of in-person activities translated to a virtual format. At YAI, the virtual Central Park Challenge toppled fundraising expectations without a single footstep in the park itself. But what some event producers and political campaigns have managed to do beautifully has tripped up universities, religious organizations, and dramatists. The question: how can we duplicate a genuinely human experience in a digital sphere?
Map of world, many countries are colored red to show where people tuned in to YAI online events
Mon, August 31, 2020
Because of the pandemic, YAI rethought its traditionally frenetic calendar of springtime events this year to reach the digital sphere. The results, which surprised many, helped deliver new perspectives on disabilities to international audiences.
YAI Virtual Central Park Challenge logo. Saturday June 6 2020.
Thu, April 30, 2020
YAI’s Central Park Challenge is New York’s largest event celebrating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The roots of this one-of-a-kind gathering go back more than 30 years. In 2020, for the first time, the Central Park Challenge is going online. Although the decision was spurred by COVID-19, it also provides a unique opportunity to be the most accessible celebration YAI has ever held.
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