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Life-Wire News Service Life-Wire News Service is a first-of-its-kind service which distributes multi-media features created by people with developmental disabilities. ©2016

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.

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Get ready to celebrate 10 years of Lifestyles Radio with some of our favorite radio personalities and guests on Saturday...
04/15/2022
Lifestyles Radio 10th Anniversary Celebration

Get ready to celebrate 10 years of Lifestyles Radio with some of our favorite radio personalities and guests on Saturday, April 30 at noon.
This video acknowledges the support of Lifestyles Media Center by the New York City Council by former Council Member Deborah L. Rose.

Get ready to celebrate 10 years of Lifestyles Radio with some of our favorite radio personalities and guests on Saturday, April 30 at noon.This video acknowl...

Check out our latest article on SILive!Life in the time of a pandemic is a stressful time for everyone.  Often what gets...
10/08/2021
Celebrate the Blessing of the Animals: Take your pet Saturday

Check out our latest article on SILive!
Life in the time of a pandemic is a stressful time for everyone. Often what gets us through is a wet nose or a low purr of our favorite animals. This Saturday, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in West Brighton takes time to give back to our pets with a Blessing of the Animals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read all about it on SILive:
https://www.silive.com/entertainment/2021/10/celebrate-the-blessing-of-the-animals-take-your-pet-saturday.html

St. Mary's Blessing of the Animals is Saturday, October 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Don't miss this wonderful showcase featuring the voices of people with disabilities.
04/08/2021

Don't miss this wonderful showcase featuring the voices of people with disabilities.

Actionplay is proud to be a Lead Partner for Roundabout Theatre Company's 2021 Reverb Theatre Arts Festival, presenting the work of artists with disabilities. Tune in TOMORROW Thursday, April 8th at 6:00pm ET for the Watch Party and 8:00pm ET for the Artist Talkback! Get your tickets here: https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/events/reverb-theatre-arts-festival
#ReverbFest2021 #ReverbRepresent #ReverbVoices #ReverbRoundabout

Hello families and friends. Lifestyles for the Disabled will be hosting a Virtual Informational Zoom session with the Su...
12/14/2020

Hello families and friends. Lifestyles for the Disabled will be hosting a Virtual Informational Zoom session with the Surrogate's Courts Judge Matthew Titone and his excellent team to go over the Guardianship process. It will be held on Friday January 8, 2021 at 11am.
To RSVP please visit the Lifestyles website at www.lfdsi.org and click the "Guardianship Registration' Button or click the link below or contact Rita Bueti at 347-609-3269.
https://zoom.us/.../tJUrd-yvpj4rGN1oCjnE210i9BUcXQ7HKRcB
Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you

Hello families and friends. Lifestyles for the Disabled will be hosting a Virtual Informational Zoom session with the Surrogate's Courts Judge Matthew Titone and his excellent team to go over the Guardianship process. It will be held on Friday January 8, 2021 at 11am.

To RSVP please visit the Lifestyles website at www.lfdsi.org and click the "Guardianship Registration' Button or click the link below or contact Rita Bueti at 347-609-3269.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrd-yvpj4rGN1oCjnE210i9BUcXQ7HKRcB

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you

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

09/16/2020

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.

Covid -19 Information - Lifestyles for the Disabled
07/16/2020
Covid -19 Information - Lifestyles for the Disabled

Covid -19 Information - Lifestyles for the Disabled

Lifestyles for the Disabled Covid-19 Information page will be updated when information is provided to us on plans to reopen, best practices, etc. Check back soon for more updates. Stay safe and well.

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.

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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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An interview with the Surrogate about guardianships -- the latest for the Life-Wire News Service and Staten Island Advance partnership
Yesterday's Super Happy Fun Day started off with Melissa hosting the "Stretch and Breathe." After that, we went right into a fashion show from our own homes! We even got to revisit some interviews that our very own reporters from Life-Wire News Service conducted at New York Fashion Week a few years ago! Then, to end the event, this week's "Artie's Garage" segment took us to see a 1964 Buick Riviera and an Oldsmobile!
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