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  • A Season of Change
    September 23, 2014
    Fall is a season of change. This year, it is also a time of transition for the YAI Network and for the disabilities field. Now more than ever we are being called upon to find new ways to provide the same high quality services with fewer resources. First article
  • Shop at Whole Foods Market on 9/17 & Help YAI Grow
    September 9, 2014
    One day. Seven Manhattan stores. 5% of sales donated to YAI. Countless reasons to shop at any Manhattan Whole Foods on 9/17. First article
  • A Day in the Life and Philosophy of a Direct Service Professional
    September 9, 2014
    September 7-13, 2014, is national Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week. Meet two reasons to celebrate. First article

Voices

  • The Disability Notion of the X-Men
    September 19, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    One of the most popular super heroes today, The X-Men, explores the human side of being a super hero. What separates the X-Men from their super hero counterparts is that they were born with their abilities.
    First article
  • Normal is Nothing: Hankering for More Perspective
    September 4, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    How do you define 'normal?' Keith R. Murfee-DeConcini makes a case that 'normal' and 'different' are more alike than you think.
    First article
  • To Post or Not to Post?
    August 27, 2014
    Contributor: Keith Murfee-DeConcini
    As well intended parents post photos of their children with disabilities on social media, describing them as "inspirational," their intentions may go awry.
    First article

Videos

  • Hankering for more hang out : Sparking Social Connections
    July 1, 2014
    In the fall of 2013 YAI's Hankering for more program expanded to offer members a little bit more. The new initiative offered a group that meets with greater frequency and has a developed social skills curriculum. Along the way HFM Hang Out members recognize and develop strengths, realize social goals and create a community that embraces and celebrates difference. First article
  • An introduction to Personal Outcome Measures (POMs)
    June 27, 2014
    Personal Outcome Measures (POMs) is a person centered interview process that focuses on what's most important to individuals with special needs. First article
  • Working Now: Kaufman Astoria Studios
    June 19, 2014
    An introduction was made between YAI's Queens Employment Program and Kaufman Astoria Studios, a historic movie studio in Queens, New York. Darren, a YAI program participant was hired to maintain the workspace at Kaufman's Lighting studio. First article

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