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Lifestyles for the Disabled Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being involved with lifestyles for several years. I've taken the opportunity to visit many of the programs from the wood shop to the café and even the greenhouse. I've enjoyed watching the consumers take pride in their daily tasks. They genuinely enjoy what they are doing and interacting with all the other people in the program. The staff is extremely caring and attentive and always making sure that the consumer is getting the maximum out of the program they in. Management has run several programs/benefits in an effort to do even more for the consumers. Even at their charity events the consumers are an integral part of the program. Management is constantly improving their internal operations to ensure efficiency with regard to consumer needs. This organization is and has been a blessing to Staten Island families for many years. I can only hope it continues to be for many more years. An organization like lifestyles is irreplaceable and deserving of all the awards it has received to date. I will continue to support lifestyles and their programs.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

I know Lifestyles through their radio program. It is a fantastic program and I really am impressed by how much work they put in to each of the weekly broadcasts.

I've learned a lot about the overall program over the past few months and it is really something special. Keep up the good work!

Review from Guidestar