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Mission Statement

YAI's mission is to build brighter futures for people with developmental disabilities and their families. We believe that every person, at every age and level of disability, has the potential for growth. We also believe that each individual is entitled to the same dignity, respect and opportunities as all other members of society. We are firmly committed to helping the people we serve to achieve their potential for independence, individuality, productivity and inclusion in their communities.


YAI is a network of agencies offering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services across the lifespan. Our mission is to help others achieve the fullest life possible by creating new opportunities for living, loving and working. Today the agency, founded in 1957, is in the vanguard of an extraordinary new movement aimed at replacing outmoded ideas of dependence with visionary strategies designed to enable us all. YAI’s workforce of over 5000 employees, provide information and referral services, early childhood and school age programs, family support services, primary and specialty healthcare, mental health and rehabilitation services, day services, employment training and placement, and residential opportunities.


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by Sandy L. from Forest Hills, NY (2017-07-12 11:39:16.0)
I am a Social Worker at The Summit School in Jamaica Estates, and recently took a course in Animal-Assisted Therapy for my licensing requirements. I have a small Shih Tzu, Nikki, that I think would be great as a therapy dog; she is sweet, gentle and lovable. I am off for the summer, but work until 3PM daily during the school year. I could be available after that time or on the weekends. Please let me know if there is any opportunity for me to get involved in your program.