YAI Careers

zoom; slide of 2 people "As a DSP, my first allegiance is to the person I support; all other activities and functions I perform
Mon, September 28, 2020
YAI is partnering with the largest local social services agency and the largest urban university system in the country in a unique effort to prepare people for careers supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). In September, students interested in entering the profession began a 12-week training course at CUNY's Kingsborough Community College designed and taught by YAI staff.
Two men standing inside a home, man on left has arm over the shoulder on man on right.
Wed, January 29, 2020
For Monique Robinson, Assistant Supervisor at YAI’s East Tremont residence in the Bronx, supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) comes naturally. “My older brother has autism, so being around people with developmental disabilities wasn’t unusual for me,” she said.
two people sit together, overlaid on the picture is text "Top Long Island Workplaces 2019 - Newsday"
Tue, October 29, 2019
On October 27, Newsday honored YAI’s Long Island region with a Top Workplaces 2019 award. Long Island, where more than 500 of YAI’s 4,000 staff are employed, offers a full range of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) including housing, socialization programs, and vocational training.
Award trophy with text "Newsday TOP Long Island Work Places 2019"
Mon, October 28, 2019
On October 27, a nonprofit that provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) throughout Long Island was recognized as one of the region’s top employers. YAI – Seeing Beyond Disability, was one of 80 employers who received Newsday’s 2019 Top Long Island Workplaces award.
Group of people from the YAI Management Development Training pose for photograph
Tue, October 01, 2019
On September 19, participants in YAI’s first-ever Management Development Program celebrated their graduation. Led by experts from Smergut Consulting, Rutgers University, and The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware, the year-long course was open to senior managers whom supervisors had identified as having the potential to transition into top leadership roles at the agency.
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Tue, September 17, 2019
On August 28, YAI Queens’ Level II Leadership class celebrated their graduation at the agency’s Dawson Manor residence. For a year, the cohort of eight YAI employees balanced work obligations with monthly, full day training sessions designed to build leadership skills and hone expertise in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) field.
Three people stand in a kitchen, they appear to be doing food prep. There are some metal bowls in the foreground
Wed, August 28, 2019
Every year, YAI’s 4,000 employees help more than 20,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live more independent and meaningful lives. And, every summer and fall, these staff cultivate the next generation of I/DD professionals while demonstrating what it means to be a person-first agency.
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Tue, August 27, 2019
For Allen Cohen, YAI wasn’t just a place where he received support, it was a place where he found a second family and left a lasting legacy in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). “When Allen first came to YAI, there was still a lot of stigma surrounding people with I/DD,” said Bonnie Cohen, Allen’s younger sister. “But YAI saw his potential and he thrived because of it.”
two people stand on a floor piano together, holding hands
Mon, June 03, 2019
As Emily Heiss approached the U-shaped brick home, her heart raced. It was her first day on the job as a Direct Service Professional (DSP) at YAI’s Old South Path residence
Ja-mel standing at a podium accepting an award from ICD
Mon, April 29, 2019
Last Thursday, Ja-Mel Johnson, a YAI Human Resources Generalist, accepted an award from the Institute for Career Development (ICD) recognizing YAI as its Employer Partner of the Year.


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