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Lifestyles for the Disabled Inc

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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: The mission of Lifestyles for the Disabled is to provide quality learning experiences that will enable all consumers regardless of their present disabilities to become productive members of society and live their lives with dignity and as independently as possible.

Programs: Day habilitation program:(serving developmentally disabled adults 21 years and older). Provides assistance to program participants through the acquisition, retention and improvement of self help, socialization and adaptive skills. These services are delivered in a non-residential setting separate from the person's home residence. Service program participants are rendered in the following program areas: full service cafe, commercial green house, fully functioning transition house, commercial laundry center, craftsmanship workshop, computer training center, on-line radio station, and in the surrounding community (via community beautification, fitness, office cleaning and housekeeping programs). The additional sub-programs that operate out of these areas are the following: senior leisure, multi environmental experiences (mee) serving our seniors (sos), "zumba fitness", mentoring program (mit), music appreciation, pet therapy, recreational swimming, etc. Day habilitation operates year round, monday - through - friday (excluding holidays,9am-3pm).

respite waiver program: (serving developmentally disabled adults 21 years and older. ) provides program participants with the opportunity to have fun while building needed social communication and adl skills with their peers in a variety of settings in the community. Examples of such outings include: attending local sporting events, visiting local cultural venues, etc. Additional extensive opportunities are afforded to program participants on weekends that include trips to the following states: p

medicaid service coordination: (serving developmentally disabled individuals of all ages)assists program participants with navigating the medicaid system and accessing needed services. Program participants and their families are given access to service coordination to ensure that valued outcomes are established and objectives achieved. Qualified medicaid serive coordinators use a person-centered approach to develop, implement and maintain an individualized service plan(isp). The medicaid service

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great program that helps those who are disabled. It is necessary to support those who does good deeds like this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

this program is one of the coolest things ive ever seen, joel runs a very fun show and really helps out the people. the world needs good people like this in this world. if anyone deserves a break, its lifestyles radio

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is simply amazing. its a very welcoming environment that takes Developmentally disabled adults and provides them with a daily program filled with different groups to best fit the clients abilities and preference, giving them compensation for the work done. the staff are extremely loving, and really do care for the clients as the clients enjoy their staff. Not only is it a hard working environment but a bonding experience. The clients really enjoy coming each day, where they spend time with their peers ,and improve their skills to be the best that they can be in life. Every friday in the summer we provide a BBQ for the clients and hold a dance party and karaoke to celebrate a good weeks work has once again been accomplished.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the disabled is a fantastic program that allows disabled adults to contribute to the community. They have a great time and seem to feel responsible and happy in what they are doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with developmentally disabled people and it's so great to see others take an avid interest in helping others become independent members of the community, not only socially but as empowered individuals. Thanks Joel for giving us inspiration to do more!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know lifestyles through my sister who works with autistic children. This is a wonderful program to help them integrate into the community. Definitely a special program to be a part of!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

amazing charity doing great things! Pleased to volunteer!

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Tanya S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome charity that is helping so many people. They are doing a great job! It was a pleasure volunteering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifestyles is a wonderful program that allows disabled adults to contribute to the community in which they reside. It is a pleasure to see them contributing and have a sense of self worth. It would be a shame to not have the funds to allow these adults to contribute in a way that makes them feel good about themselves. Lifestyles does an amazing job of this and you can see it in the smiles and laughter of the clients.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful program that allows the disabled to have a purpose in a community in which they reside. I am greatful that their are others who care like myself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My good friend and her son Frankie have been telling me about this program for months now. Frankie is so happy there with his new friends and being part of a group. His mom always talks about how great the program is and how everyone there is so nice and helpful. They are all her new friends and family. I am so happy that Frankie has found a place that he enjoys so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son is attending LifeStyles since September I am very impressed on how much he has matured my family and friends have also noticed how well he is doing. He really looks foward to attending the program and he especially likes Thrusday night that is when he attends the transition home they have become a second family to him. Initially I was afraid that he might not fit in he was in a school setting at the same school for six years I know he was frustrated and bored of doing the same things everyday in the same classroom year in year out. When I visited the LifeStyle program with him he was reluctant and told me he was not ready for it and did not like it. He was also afraid to move on from his safe haven the place he was so familiar with for so many years. Everyone I spoke to highly recommended this program there was nothing but wonderful praises. I decided we will give it a chance if he did not fit in then I would move him back to school. It has opended new doorways for him he is sharing with other children his age, going on wonderful trips that he never would have been able to experience if not for this program. They are teaching him different task how to do a bed, how to participate and help out during dinner. At home he would not do these task but at Lifestyles he is more than happy to apply himself and show them that he can do them.
Thank you LifeStyles for the opportunity you have given my child to grow and become aware of what he is able to accomplish on his own. I cant say it enough times, "the program is wonderful and the staff is marvelous" .

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Will M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifestyles is great way to learn about the needs of others. It is a rare look and approach to see the creativity and enthusiasm of the staff. I enjoy listening and learning.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our son Jesse is part of the Lifestyles Family. I use that word family because the people that surround our child treat him with respect and dignity. They also individualize each of their participants and get to know them which is a rare commodity. The communication we have with this agency is phenominal. This is critical because Jesse is non verbal. They have given him opportunities unlike any other agency thru the transition house. He loves his friends and loves the awesome trips he gets to go on. We adore Jesse's extended family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our daughter attends Lifestyles! When we were looking at programs a while ago, there was not a doubt in our minds that Lifestyles was the one! When we went to view the program the staff was so attentive to the consumers and everyone there was so happy. The staff answered all of our questions and believe me we had lots of questions. One of the many things that made us choose Lifestyles was our daughter seem to fit right in, It was as if she belonged there. It's been over four years since she started Lifestyles and she still gets up in the morning excited and with a smile on her face and ready to attend Lifestyles. We are proud to be a part of the Lifestyles Family and we are very thankful to the wonderful staff. As our daughter always say's "Lifestyles is the best"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been lisetning to the Lifestyles Radio program for a few months now. As a Special Education Teacher I am so impressed with the way the program is run. They are enabling the clients to have a sense of purpose in the community. Something that I feel is a rarity with the disabled population. With funding I know this program can reach a lot more of our "SPECIAL" Community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifestyes is a great organization. I found out about them through their radio station Lifestyles Radio on Live365.com

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