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Dr. Joel M. Levy, C.E.O. And Dr. Philip H. Levy, President, YAI/National Institute for People With Disabilities Network Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2007 Award Winner in the Metropolitan New York Area

July 2, 2007

NEW YORK, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network, a national health and human services organization, providing a place of hope and opportunity for people with developmental and learning disabilities and their families, today announced that Dr. Joel M. Levy and Dr. Philip H. Levy received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2007 Award in the social entrepreneur category in the Metropolitan New York Area. According to Ernst & Young, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Dr. Joel M. Levy and Dr. Philip H. Levy were selected by an independent panel of judges and the award was presented at an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year gala event at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 28.

“This prestigious award celebrates our network’s spirit of innovation and creativity, which has enabled us to make a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands upon thousands of individuals with disabilities and their families,” said Dr. Joel M. Levy, C.E.O. of the YAI/NIPD Network.

“This award is the product of a positive partnership for human dignity,” said Dr. Philip H. Levy, President of the YAI/NIPD Network. “We are grateful to our consumers and their families, our staff, our Board of Trustees, our friends in government and in the corporate sector, and to the supporters who help us promote the spirit of entrepreneurship throughout our organization.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and continues to honor entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

“Ernst & Young is honored to recognize extraordinary business leaders, such as Dr. Joel M. Levy and Dr. Philip H. Levy, and the companies they have built,” said Joseph Capparelli, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for Metro New York Area.

About the YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network

For 50 years, the YAI/NIPD Network has provided a place of hope and opportunity for people with developmental and learning disabilities. Comprised of seven not-for-profit, independent health and human service agencies, the YAI/NIPD Network serves people of all ages throughout the New York metropolitan area, including Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester, Rockland counties and Puerto Rico. One of the most comprehensive networks of its kind, the YAI/NIPD Network’s more than 5,000 staff members serve 20,000 individuals in more than 450 community-based programs. The YAI/NIPD Network is recognized nationally for its conferences, training seminars and publications.

For more information about the YAI/NIPD Network or to obtain services, call 1-866-2-YAI-LINK or visit http://www.yai.org/.

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards

The Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) awards program was created and is produced by professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP. As the first award of its kind, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses. The program, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2006, honors entrepreneurs through regional, national and global award programs in over 125 cities and 40 countries.

YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network

CONTACT: Cara Grider of YAI-NIPD Network, +1-212-273-6389,cara.grider@yai.org

Web site: http://www.yai.org/




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