Remember the Caring Corners Mrs. Goodbee Interactive Dollhouse by Learning Curve that I posted about back in October? My kids (and their playdates) are still enjoying it every day. And this week, as part of the Bloggers Give Back program, we are donating an extra dollhouse plus accessories to one of my favorite New York City charities, YAI/NIPD.
For 50 years, YAI/NIPD has been a national leader in providing services, education, and job training to people with developmental and learning disabilities, across the entire lifespan. Comprised of seven not-for-profit health and human services agencies, YAI/NIPD services 20,000 individuals and their famlies in more than 450 community-based programs.disabilities. Back in 2003, when I was pregnant with my daughter R. and worked in the non-profit world, I joined the board of one of YAI/NIPD’s seven agencies (the division that provides services such as Early Intervention to young children). Coincidentally, both of my children have ended up requiring Early Intervention services, and, naturally, I turned to YAI. My two-year-old son currently receives several Early Intervention services through YAI, including speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. His therapists- and those who worked with his sister when she was younger- have helped my children meet milestones like walking (S. took his first steps from his YAI physical therapist to me a year ago), and talking (S. is getting there, slowly but surely).
(S. watches R. on the big jumpy castle at last spring’s YAI/NIPD Central Park Challenge, which raised over $1.4 million!)
So it was an easy decision that when I was asked to donate one of the Caring Corners Mrs. Goodbee Interactive Dollhouses, that I turned to YAI. They operate several preschools for children with developmental delays and disabilities. I loved the idea that this dollhouse could be a new additional to a play area. Since funding is tight for all non-profit organizations this year (particularly those in New York, who can no longer rely on support of Wall Street’s biggest companies), I am especially glad that my kids and I could do a little something to help brighten the holidays for some other children.
Want to learn more about how you can help build better futures for children and adult with developmental delays and disabilities? Visit YAI/NIPD. And read more about the Bloggers Give Back program here.