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Lifestyles for the Disabled began operating in 1994 through collaboration amongst parents, community organizations, local business people and a group of developmentally disabled adults (program participants). Each group recognized the need to develop programs that provide program participants with realistic work settings and experiences within the Staten Island community.

Lifestyles for the Disabled began operating in 1994 through collaboration amongst parents, community organizations, local business people and a group of developmentally disabled adults (program participants). Each group recognized the need to develop programs that provide program participants with realistic work settings and experiences within the Staten Island community.

Mission: The mission of Lifestyles for the Disabled has always been to provide quality learning experiences that will enable all program participants, regardless of their disability, to become productive members of society and live their lives with dignity and as independently as possible. At Lifestyles, we focus on the abilities of each individual, rather than their disability.

Operating as usual

Lifestyles for the Disabled
11/26/2020
Lifestyles for the Disabled

Lifestyles for the Disabled

Good News: Appreciation for Lifestyles and its community partnership with Top Tomato. (Plus see our new Life-Wire News/Advance story in post below.)

Our latest SI Advance piece looks at how to stay connected during the pandemic.Also watch for a shout out from Advance e...
11/26/2020
How to feel connected and not alone during the pandemic

Our latest SI Advance piece looks at how to stay connected during the pandemic.
Also watch for a shout out from Advance editor Brian Laline in his Thanksgiving column.

People with developmental disabilities cope with staying healthy and busy at home and with the 'new normal' as they return to their programs

After the success of the last family webinar in September, many questions were received throughout the night. In the cha...
09/29/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: A Night With Richard Salinardi. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

After the success of the last family webinar in September, many questions were received throughout the night. In the chance that you did not receive an answer please check out our website at www.lfdsi.org and go to the Covid-19 Info Page for a list of the questions and answers from that night.
On Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00pm, I will be updating you on the changes to the Lifestyles Programs that are being offered.

Prior to the Webinar if you have any question that you would like to see answered please send them in an email to either Joseph Maturi at [email protected] or Edward Kahmann at [email protected].
You can register for this webinar on a link from our Website, Facebook, Lifestyles App, Bright Arrow message or in this email below.

I look forward to joining with you on October 7th.

Sincerely,
Rich
Executive Director

Register in advance for this webinar by clicking the link below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Program Updates Safety Protocols

Lifestyles for the Disabled
09/16/2020

Lifestyles for the Disabled

MOBILE RALLY/CAR PARADE
Families Rally to Save Vital Services for People with
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, September 17th
Please arrive at the front gate at 930 Willowbrook Road no earlier than 10:45 am. This is the only entry point for car rally participants. Upon arrival you will be directed where to line up your car.
Laura Kennedy, Parent Advocate will share some brief words on the significance of September 17th, the 33rd Anniversary of the closure of Willowbrook State School by Mario Cuomo

The Parent Advocacy will address the horrendous concerns that advocates and families have about the future of services for the developmentally disabled.
All participants must remain inside or next to your vehicle, please wear a mask and we ask that you do not congregate into groups.
At the end of the kickoff, you will be directed on how to exit and to proceed with the Mobile Rally.
On your back window, please write the following:

“Gov. Cuomo: Don't send us back to Willowbrook"
*(Find Washable Window Markers at Dollar Stores, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Staples)

Take pictures throughout the Rally and post on Twitter, Instagram
Hashtag #SaveIDDServices,
#WillowbrookNEVERagain
Or email to [email protected]

A look back at our partnership with NWN Photo in Spain.
09/09/2020

A look back at our partnership with NWN Photo in Spain.

For years ago... We had a wonderful Skype session with our Spanish news bureau partner, NwnPhoto today. Felipe Alonso and photographer Rafa Nuca are working with us on a beautiful photo essay about the recent tall ships regatta that ended in A Coruña, Spain. Life-Wire News Service Moro Foto Fundación María José Jove Photos: Meredith Arout & Joseph Paladino

Lifestyles for the Disabled
08/24/2020
Lifestyles for the Disabled

Lifestyles for the Disabled

To all Families and Friends,
NY ABLE Program Free Webinar!
The NY ABLE Program is a tax-advantaged savings program for individuals with disabilities and their families to save for their current or long term needs while maintaining their ability to benefit from federal benefits programs such as SSI, SSDI and Medicaid. Our program offers multiple investment options including a checking account and debit card option allowing individuals with disabilities to maintain their independence and have quick and easy access to their own money.

Join this FREE webinar on September 15 from 1:00-2:00PM to learn more about this valuable resource.
Click on the link below to register.
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqd--tqDIjGNU0GOnnOBIBIezMIHFpPUP2

07/31/2020
Staten Island Advance

Staten Island Advance

In today’s episode of Staten Island Spotlight on Business, Todd interviews Richard Salnardi, executive director of Lifestyles for the Disabled, about how he is adjusting during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Every day Spotlight goes one-on-one with local business owners – our neighbors – to explore what we can learn from their approach to today’s challenges. It is part of the #TogetherSI project, connecting and inspiring Staten Islanders. -https://www.silive.com/togethersi/2020/05/togethersi-stories-of-connection-and-hope-during-the-coronavirus-crisis.html - (Video by Gotham Trinity Productions for the Staten Island Advance) #silive_spotlight_business

New York’s OPWDD slicing off $60 million from its budget
06/30/2020
New York’s OPWDD slicing off $60 million from its budget

New York’s OPWDD slicing off $60 million from its budget

As all New York state departments were mandated to cut their budgets by at least 2 percent because of the revenue loss endured during the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities is slicing $178 million from the rates that group homes charge for resident occupancy.

05/27/2020

Here is a great opportunity from WNET:

Do you know an NYC student who wants to make a difference? (High School)
The WNET Group is looking for a small group of students - in 9th grade through early college - from the NYC metro area to serve on the advisory board of Youth Collective, a Gen Z media and leadership initiative. Students can learn more about the collective and apply with this form. The deadline is Friday, June 26th, 2020. If you have any questions, please email Youth Collective at [email protected].
Thirteen WNET New York

Pandemic means Americans with disabilities aren't getting the services they need
05/23/2020
Pandemic means Americans with disabilities aren't getting the services they need

Pandemic means Americans with disabilities aren't getting the services they need

For more than 60 million Americans with disabilities, the rapid spread of COVID-19 is especially dangerous. Many live in long-term care facilities, and they are twice as likely to experience poverty as those without disability. But so far, legislation has fallen short on help. We hear some of their....

Check out Life-Wire News crew's interview with Blake Martinez on Memorial Day, May 25 at SILive.com beginning at 11 a.m....
05/22/2020

Check out Life-Wire News crew's interview with Blake Martinez on Memorial Day, May 25 at SILive.com beginning at 11 a.m., and listen to our interviews beginning Memorial Day at Lifestyles Radio. Staten Island Advance

Check out Life-Wire News' exclusive interview with Blake Martinez of the New York Giants. Read it Monday at SILive.com and listen to Lifestyles Radio on Memorial Day to hear our interviews! Staten Island Advance

05/21/2020

Good Afternoon,
Lifestyles for the Disabled will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th 2020. We hope everyone has a great weekend and continues to stay safe and healthy. See you all on Zoom Tuesday the 26th.

04/19/2020
Question Mark Productions presents: El Padrino

Disability rights, immigration issues and the streets of NYC.

The Little Giant to the rescue! "El Padrino" the movie OUT NOW! El Pequeño Gigante al rescate "El Padrino" disponible YA! @Leslie Cartaya

04/17/2020
The Arc of the Triangle, Inc.

Here is a link to the NYS form.
https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/you.stonybrook.edu/dist/a/4436/files/2020/04/COVID-19-Form_NY_Fill.pdf

Weeks ago, Dr. Ballan developed a COVID-19 Disability Form in concert with ER physicians and adults with disabilities and their families. This was in response to quickly changing guidelines in NY hospitals disallowing family or staff to enter the hospital with adults with Intellectual and developmental disabilities and reports of inferior medical treatment. The hope is to have individuals complete this informational form and never need to use it. After multiple requests, a form was tailored to each state and a website created. You can access the website at https://you.stonybrook.edu/disabilitycovid19forms/2020/04/08/preparing-individuals-with-intellectual-developmental-disabilities-for-medical-treatment-at-hospitals/

04/16/2020
Lifestyles for the Disabled

Lifestyles for the Disabled

April 15, 2020

Dear Lifestyles participants and families,
It has been almost one month since we have been impacted by the COVID crisis. This way of life has been difficult for everyone, you, your loved ones, your extended family and the community at large. Tragically, we have lost seven participants and one staff to COVID to date. It has been hard to comprehend these losses and even harder to support these families as they are grieving. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers and aim to honor their lives together at a future date.
As an agency that serves over 450 individuals our mission remains to serve. For the past three weeks, Lifestyles staff have been working hard to design a curriculum of fun activities and topics that our program participants would enjoy. Our goal is to have each participant receive a minimum of 2 hours of virtual services per day. These virtual services will allow Lifestyles staff to stay connected with each participant and afford learning and socialization opportunities with friends. Your participation in these virtual services is vital to keep Lifestyles open. Without your attendance, Lifestyles will need to reduce its staff dramatically.
We realize that this may be easier said than done. We know families have many other responsibilities that may take precedence over connecting with Lifestyles. Some families don’t have access to technology needed to connect with us. Others have additional time constraints. Your son or daughter may be interested in participating but not for long periods of time. We understand these challenges and are working to develop a plan for each participant on a case by case basis. We need your help to move forward. For individuals who do not have the means to connect presently, Lifestyles will provide a WiFi enabled tablet. Arrangements will be made by the end of the week to deliver a tablet for those in need and provide a brief training on how to use it. Next, Lifestyles staff will reach out to create a schedule with each family that will focus on activities being offered between 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday.
These activities may be offered in group formats or can be reduced to 1:1 sessions if needed. We are already providing many activities in Media, Art, Music, Fitness, etc. Anything can be created so please share with us any ideas that you think will work.
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday April 16th, Lifestyles staff will be expected to engage all participants virtually for a minimum of two hours between 9am-3pm. Lifestyles cannot do this alone. We are open to suggestions and appreciate each family’s understanding and support. Thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to Lifestyles.

Stay safe and healthy.
Scott Salinardi

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council
04/13/2020

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council

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04/12/2020
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Attention Artist and Members of the Arts Community.  Check in with SI Arts so they know where resources need to be direc...
04/11/2020
Staten Island Arts COVID-19 Check-in

Attention Artist and Members of the Arts Community. Check in with SI Arts so they know where resources need to be directed.

Staten Island Arts is proud to be working as a liaison to nationwide, statewide and citywide organizations providing relief and resources of all types during the current health crisis. We’ve been advocating for the current needs of our local community but we’d specifically like to hear from you ...

The situation is critical throughout the disability community.https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/nyc-group-homes-over...
04/11/2020
NYC Group Homes Overwhelmed by COVID-19 Cases

The situation is critical throughout the disability community.
https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/nyc-group-homes-overwhelmed-by-covid-19-cases/2337449/

Group homes from the developmentally disabled throughout the city say they’re overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases with patients who can’t understand what’s happening and refuse to wear masks. The homes are struggling to keep the patients and staff safe. NBC New York’s Melissa Russo reports.

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Mission Statement Life-Wire News Service, founded in 2015, is a first-of-its-kind service which distributes media content from the unique perspective of people with intellectual disabilities giving a new voice to the disabilities community. ©2019 For twenty years, Lifestyles for the Disabled has provided an environment where people with developmental disabilities find purpose and inspiration to create, work and thrive. In the Media Center, participants explore information technology and produce original content in their areas of expertise and interest utilizing video and radio formats. Utilizing Lifestyles’ media assets, Life-Wire News Service – the only media wire offering content by people with developmental disabilities – features stories that explore entertainment, sports, human rights, or more. Participants in the service (crew members) will produce their own content with the aid of Lifestyles staff to an extent depending on the crew members’ needs. The program connects crew members to the community in new ways and provides exposure to the public that will help to demystify people with intellectual disabilities.

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TeeStyles goes curbside
New date June 7th, 2020. See flyer for more info.
Enjoying the most fab CTV show with you guys! Well done!
Just saw your segment on CCTV... a great job by all of you... congratulations!!!