"Recognizing and embracing diversity in our abilities is central to understanding our common shared human experience."

Thomas Golden, Associate Director

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability advances knowledge, policies and practice to enhance equal opportunities for all people with disabilities.

"We help make possible the full participation of people with disabilities in the workplace, the community, and society."

Susanne M. Bruyère
Director

OUR PROJECTS

The Yang-Tan Institute advances equal opportunity for people with disabilities in partnership with federal and state government and philanthropic organizations.

NEW YORK STATE PROMISE

New York State PROMISE is a research study designed to identify the best ways to help youth with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income to successfully prepare for and transition from high school to adult living, learning, and earning.

NORTHEAST ADA CENTER

The Northeast ADA Center supports people with disabilities, their families, state and local governments, organizations, and companies to understand their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our Center’s staff provides trainings, technical assistance and materials throughout New York State, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

NEW YORK STATE CASE

TThe New York State Consortium for Advancement of Supported Employment (NYS CASE) provides free professional development training to supported employment providers with a current contract with the NYS Education Department, ACCES-VR. NYS CASE advances fidelity-based supported employment policy and practice throughout NYS, leading to the integrated labor force participation of individuals with the most severe disabilities.

PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING

New York State Partners in Policymaking is an innovative national model of leadership training and development for individuals with developmental disabilities and family members who are interested in working in collaboration with legislators and policymakers to influence all levels of disability policy development and system change.

DIVERSITY PARTNERS

The goal of the Diversity Partners Project is to enhance the bridge between labor supply and demand by engaging agencies and personnel in capacity building and organizational change to create and sustain mutually beneficial employer partnerships.

OUR AREAS OF FOCUS

The Yang-Tan Institute focuses on inclusive workplaces, education, work, income, healthy living, community membership, and engaged learning.

ONLINE LEARNING

The Yang-Tan Institute offers online courses on disability and employment support practices critical to supporting people with disabilities in the workplace.

"Online learning provides an affordable, convenient, and learner-friendly environment for today's busy professional."

Ray Cebula