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IAHD - 65 Years of Changing Lives

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In 1957 The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics (IAHD) was opened in response to parents seeking support and assistance for their children with special needs.  65 years later, IAHD has blossomed into a formidable organization.  IAHD’s professionals devote themselves to the care of our loved ones, tirelessly and selflessly; which is why this year we honor them during our 65th Year Anniversary of Changing Lives!

This year’s event is back by popular demand, held at the legendary Cutting Room, a one-of-a-kind venue in New York City.  Building off last year’s impactful musical theme, the evening will feature celebrity appearances as well as musical performances by Grammy nominated artists.

I am truly grateful for the support, dedication, and commitment of our Board of Directors, as we work together to navigate the future of IAHD, unified in carrying out our mission.  We invite you to join us in supporting this great organization.  YOU CAN CHANGE LIVES.  I sincerely thank you for your generosity and kindness. May God bless you and your loved ones.

Matthew Kiamie
Board of Directors, Chairperson

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GREETINGS from the Chief Executive Officer, Omayra Andino

Hello Family and Friends of IAHD,

I am so honored to be sharing in this special moment with you.  IAHD celebrating 65 Years of Changing Lives! And changed lives we have.  It’s heartwarming to be a part of an organization started by a small, yet mighty group of families simply looking to provide their loved ones with the services to improve their quality of life.  I’m sure they never imagined the impact of their efforts.  The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics, Inc. (IAHD) now supports 750 people with housing and employment opportunities, the arts, music and a myriad of other services.

We acknowledge that without the Herculean work of our staff and the help and encouragement of donors who support our mission, we could not be the success we are today.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, IAHD Leadership team and the people we support to live their best lives, THANK YOU!

Let’s continue in this great work that we do to make the world a better place one life at a time!

Omayra Andino,

About the Campaign

2022 marks The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics, Inc.'s 65th Anniversary and we are incredibly grateful to honor the very special people; The Direct Support Professionals & Staff of IAHD are truly the heart & soul of our non-not-profit organization. Without them, we may not have seen 65 years - but with them, we're sure to see another 65 years!

IAHD's annual fundraising campaign is our biggest event of the year, and we're hoping to make a BIG IMPACT raising contributions to continue to provide engaging programs and enriching experiences for the Individuals IAHD supports.

92 cents of every dollar go directly to the programs and services IAHD provides

Donors have confidence knowing their contributions have a REAL IMPACT in MAKING A DIFFERENCE and we look forward to showing you the difference you've made for the last 65 years.  We're grateful you've been a part of our history, and we're excited you'll be a part of our future as well.

We can't do what we do without...


I would like to thank all of the staff for making our individuals feel happy, safe, free from fear, and most importantly loved.

  - Laura K., (Family Member) 2022
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Embracing Families, Enriching Lives

For 65 years, IAHD has delivered supports and services to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and their families in the Bronx and Westchester counties. The lifetime of person-centric supports IAHD provides are culturally sensitive and flexibly designed for individuals with different needs and goals, varied lifestyles, and family dynamics.

IAHD believes in partnering with families through training, advocacy in active family groups, and encouraging family participation in their loved one’s life journey. IAHD understands the importance of family and maintains a 51% family representation on the Board of Directors.

Additionally, for the first time ever, the IAHD Board of Directors also holds a position for an Individual who participates in our programs. Their presence and voice allow us to keep a People-First focus and uphold their Self-Advocacy motto:

"Nothing about us without us."

Special Guest

PAUL FLOREZ-TAYLOR is Head Auctioneer at HUNT Auctioneers and a graduate of Worldwide College of Auctioneering.

His affable and extroverted personality creates an authentic and exciting atmosphere—which has helped shatter fundraising goals at black-tie events.

Paul is a widely published author, and has held positions at Marvel, Alyson Books, Hachette and HarperCollins. He also enjoys fencing.

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Celebrity Entertainment & Appearances

The Bernie Williams & Gil Parris Quartet

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Bernie Williams

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Gil Parris

Jose Trombone's Latin Rhythms Band featuring Tito Puente, Jr.

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Jose Trombone's Latin Rhythms Band

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Tito Puente, Jr.

True Osborne & System Overload

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2021 Employees of the Month

This incredible team of Direct Support Professionals and Staff were nominated by their peers to be selected as "Employee of the Month" during 2021. Each of these individuals were recognized for their exemplary work practicing and holding the Core Competencies identified by The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

IAHD recognizes that without you - our person-centric focus and enriched life experience wouldn't be the same - YOU are the BACKBONE of this organization.

THANK YOU for your dedication, your compassion and for sharing your gift - enriching so many lives by being present and bringing your best - every single day.

The Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics, Inc. appreciates your contribution to our organization, the people we support, and our communities.


IAHD makes a REAL DIFFERENCE in People's Lives

My brother was Developmentally Disabled and lived in a group home and attended workshops for decades.  I have always known first-hand the extraordinary work the IAHD staff provides to our community."

  - Jeff W. (Family Member & BOD), 2022

On behalf of my daughter Carolynne and the people supported by IAHD, Thank You for enhancing the quality of life of the families you serve.

  - Elaine J. (Family Member & BOD), 2022

IAHD supports individuals and the community

IAHD has been CQL Accredited for three consecutive years since 2019.

More than
individuals are supported by IAHD
More than
individuals participate in IAHD Programs
IAHD has
residences in Westchester and the Bronx
More than
individuals reside in IAHD homes

We can't do what we do
without YOU!!!