YAI Careers

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.
Group of people holding certificates
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.
Older photo of a young man holding a cup with a young woman hugging him from the side
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.
Justine Ortiz
Mon, September 10, 2018
Justine Ortiz has been a dedicated employee at YAI for five years. During this time, she has shown tremendous growth, professionally and personally. She started her employment as a DSP in a Day Hab program in Manhattan. A fierce advocate, Justine is always looking out for the people she supports and loves the community inclusion aspect of her job. She is constantly on the go, securing volunteer sites in the community for not only her group but others as well. Justine moved to a smaller Day Hab...
Kathleen Ziccardi
Fri, May 11, 2018
What drew me to Nursing? I was hospitalized when I was eleven. Next to me was a five year old boy. He was badly burned over his upper body and had difficulty using the call bell. I became his voice. The nurses were so kind though I’m sure I drove them crazy with the frequency of calls. They actually thanked me and made me feel good about helping him. Then in High School I volunteered to go on visits in the community with the Nursing Sisters. When we would enter the patients’ homes, I saw such a...

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