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Using Technology to Build Relationships

Using Technology to Build Relationships

  • 3/14/2019 9:49:00 AM
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by Kimberlee Pederson and Courtney Reimann During the past year, the YAP office in Crawford County, PA has had the unique opportunity to support a Chinese American family and their daughter Jing Jing.  Jing Jing Huang and her mother, Angel Huang, moved to Pennsylvania from China approximately 4 years ago.  Jing Jing is in her 20’s and is diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Angel sought out ID/DD services because she wanted Jing Jing to become more independen...
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A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

  • 3/12/2019 5:19:00 PM
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by Leah Vuich and Courtney ReimannAida Cuebas, a young woman from Mercer County, PA, is finishing her first year at Butler County Community College. Aida’s long-term goal is to become an Assistant Teacher for Early Education and Kindergarten classes. Aida receives YAP services to help her expand her interests in the community and support her with college classes.Aida experienced some ups and downs during the past few years. From her childhood in the foster care system, to living independen...
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Compassion Transport Helps Michael Silvis Work and Play

Compassion Transport Helps Michael Silvis Work and Play

  • 10/22/2018 11:07:00 AM
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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This month, Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. highlights individuals served by the organization. With programs that keep young people and others safely home and out of institutions, YAP provides intensive mentorship/advocate support while connecting individuals and their families with tools that help them thrive.  Recently, Michael Silvis, recipient of one of the tools -- the YAP Tom Jeffers Endowment Scholarship for Continued Edu...
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See Me as a Part of Your Community

See Me as a Part of Your Community

  • 3/29/2018 9:40:00 AM
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The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities’ (NACDD) theme for National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month in March 2018 is SEE ME FOR ME.  SEE ME FOR ME means looking beyond someone’s disability and seeing them as a person and not just a person with a disability. The goal for this month is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals wit...
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See Me As Your Neighbor

See Me As Your Neighbor

  • 3/22/2018 9:05:00 AM
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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to celebrate YAP is joining The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) in their "SEE ME FOR ME" campaign.  This week's feature is on education and the call to "See Me as Your Neighbor."  The Johnson* family is a family of four from Somerset, PA. In February, heavy rains caused their trailer roof to leak and the family moved to a hotel until they can tackle the large...
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