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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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the Disabled is a fantastic organization. I admire their courage, leadership, and generous hearts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the Disabled on Staten Island is a program worthy of acknowledgement. The administrators and staff truly are professional and caring towards all...clear on their mission and do so with integrity and enthusiam..

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend's mom works with special needs adults, not at lifestyles, but she supports the Lifestyles for the disabled program and believes in the abilities of all individuals. thanks for doing something so special that we all can benefit from.

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2 Will L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I admire Lifestyles for the Disabled and all that they stand for. I feel this is a one of a kind program and non-profit. The minute I listened to the program and found out about the organization, I was instantly touched and had complete and utter respect for the volunteers and all of the work that the group does. We need to see more organizations such as LFTD. They really are making a difference and focusing on a group that does not receive as much attention as other non-profit organizations (e.i. breast cancer).

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very close friend of mine's son, Frankie, participates in this program. Since he has belonged to this group, with its dedicated leaders, his life has become more fulfilled. Lifestyles has opened up a new world to Frankie. He now enjoys his every day experiences and has developed true friendships. He is not only learning new things, like the radio program that he enjoys so much, but is also learning skills to help him succeed in life.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend Chrissie keeps telling me about this special program so I checked it out it is amazing! I enjoy the radio program and now the interviews on itunes too..good job to everyone involved.

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This a great program, it gives people with disabilities a wonderful place to go. They benefit from the socializing and finding a place to fit in and groups to enjoy. Very special people work there for very special people.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles for the disabled is truly a force for all that is kind and decent in this world. I've heard great things and I know they will continue to grow and progress in the right direction.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My personal friend is actively involved in the program and I think it is wonderful. Please support this program everyone, you will be helping so many awesome people!

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Isaac K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles For The Disabled is such an awesome group of people! Their mission continues to give disabled members of the community opportunities to live life to their fullest ability, increasing their quality of life! Seeing the organization's work in action reminds me that there is good in this world yet!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles offers great opportunities to the disabled in Staten Island, it is an extremely beneficial program.

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Michael S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles provides an invaluable service for the community and does so with the ultimate team of professionals. I have friends who have had family there and it has made a measurable differnce in there lives. Thank you Lifestyles!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lifestyles is a fantastic organization. Everyone who works there is kind, compassionate and hard working. It seems like every chance they get, they expand and open a new section which enables its clients to develop a brand new set of skills. Years ago they opened he cafe and now he radio station, he golf eam and the peewee program. They truly help all people, all ages, grow. There aren't enough programs like this to meet the needs of this very special community. Hats off to the Lifestyles crew!!

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Alaina S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very good program, that is needed by a lot of people. The world could use a few more people like the ones you find connected to this program,.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two of my brothers attend the Lifestyles for the Disabled program. I know the staff has been nothing but helpful and caring towards my brothers. They provide so much for the individuals that attend this program. With the few programs available for those affected with autism or any other disability after they graduate school at 21, Lifestyles was by far the best program available. My brothers are happy there so that makes my family love this program.

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1 Tracey O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother Robert is part of Lifestyles. His personality and behavior has really grown and changed since he started there. He still has his moments for sure but the staff there are the best at calming him and knowing how to handle the situation. I feel it's an excellent resource for the disabled to grow and learn what it is to feel and be independent respected members of society.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


Lifestyles of the disabled is doing excellent things! they help people and empower people - keep up the great work!

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David W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LIFE STYLES OF THE DISABLED is doing great things keep up the good work.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have heard so much about Lifestyle's from my friend, whose nephew, Frankie, attends the program. She raves about it constantly and how much it has helped her nephew come out of his "shell". It is wonderful to hear how happy he is now and how much Lifestyles has helped him.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great sense of responsibility and community for the members!!! A++ program