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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.
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Mission Statement Life-Wire News Service 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. ©2015 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.

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.

Alexa! Now it's even easier to listen to Lifestyles Radio.
01/10/2020

Alexa! Now it's even easier to listen to Lifestyles Radio.

It is finally official! We are pleased to announce that Lifestyles Radio is now available to listen to on Alexa! Just say "Alexa Play Lifestyles Radio"and you will be able to hear all of your favorite music and shows including "Be My Guest" with Andrew Moszenberg, "In The Mix" with DJ Antonio, "Rodeo Radio" with Greg Perosi and SO much more!

Henry Geller recalled his days as a resident of Willowbrook with the Life-Wire News crew in our latest Staten Island Adv...
11/27/2019
A Willowbrook Memoir Reveals Resilience with Humor | Life Wire

Henry Geller recalled his days as a resident of Willowbrook with the Life-Wire News crew in our latest Staten Island Advance article.

A Willowbrook Memoir Reveals Resilience with Humor “Here’s ‘America’s Least Wanted,’” joked Henry Geller when he arrived at Lifestyles for the Disabled Willowbrook campus, recalling his days as a resident of the former state school. Geller met with the Life-Wire News crew to recall that ...

Meet the latest Staten Islander to rise in the music industry.  Bekah steps out with a new album and an upcoming film.
11/18/2019
Staten Island’s hometown singer Bekah steps into the light | Life Wire

Meet the latest Staten Islander to rise in the music industry. Bekah steps out with a new album and an upcoming film.

Staten Island’s hometown singer Bekah steps into the light Bekah Samuel showcased several of her new songs, including “Angles in Los Angeles” and “Ego” at a recent screening of the film Destinova. Listen to Life-Wire reporter Meredith Arout interview Bekah, and hear a sample of her music. ...

Happening now:  SIDDC – Family Resource & Transition Fair @ College of Staten Island - Center for the ArtsNov 8 @ 9:00 a...
11/08/2019

Happening now:
SIDDC – Family Resource & Transition Fair @ College of Staten Island - Center for the Arts
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council College Of Staten Island Center Of Performing Arts College of Staten Island Lifestyles for the Disabled
Photos: Aaron Bialer and Antonio Pabon for Life-Wire News.

Lifestyles for the Disabled
10/15/2019
Lifestyles for the Disabled

Lifestyles for the Disabled

Matt Green walked into our lives and shared a lot of stories. So we wrote about him for the Staten Island Advance. Enjoy and learn about the film made about his travels to every block of NYC.

Life-Wire News journalist Anthony DiFato kicks off our partnership with the Staten Island Advance, with the support of S...
09/27/2019
DeCandido to open ‘My Art’ show at Zoo on Sept. 28

Life-Wire News journalist Anthony DiFato kicks off our partnership with the Staten Island Advance, with the support of Staten Island Honda, reporting on the opening of Joseph DeCandido's "My Art" show at the Staten Island Zoo. The opening reception takes place on Sept. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. DeCandido’s art will be on display and you can meet the artist. There will be a silent auction with half of the proceeds donated to Lifestyles for the Disabled.

“My Art by Joseph DeCandido” opens at the Staten Island Zoo on Sept. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

NwnPhoto
08/22/2019

NwnPhoto

NwnPhoto at the II International Conference of Therapeutic Photography in Buenos Aires! / NwnPhoto en la II Conferencia Internacional de Fotografía Terapéutica en Buenos Aires! Gracias Motivarte, Escuela de Fotografia

Hello Campers!
08/21/2019

Hello Campers!

Lifestyles for the Disabled will soon announce a new partnership with the Staten Island Advance to bring content by peop...
08/16/2019

Lifestyles for the Disabled will soon announce a new partnership with the Staten Island Advance to bring content by people with disabilities to a greater audience through Life-Wire News Service.
Staten Island Honda will sponsor the effort to bring photography, stories, and video by Life-Wire News
to the Advance in print and online.
To kick things off, Staten Island Honda and the Life-Wire crew got together to get to know each other better.
https://lifewire.news/video-wire/honda-to-sponsor-si-advance-life-wire-partnership/

A special thank you to Staten Island Honda for sponsoring our upcoming partnership with the Staten Island Advance.  More...
08/09/2019

A special thank you to Staten Island Honda for sponsoring our upcoming partnership with the Staten Island Advance. More news coming soon!

Our photo journalist/reporter Gregory Perosi will have one of his images included in a presentation of diverse photograp...
08/06/2019

Our photo journalist/reporter Gregory Perosi will have one of his images included in a presentation of diverse photographers in Buenos Aires this August 18. Felipe Alonso, of NwnPhoto(Life-Wire News Service's partner in Spain) will discuss the advantages of photography for people with disabilities at the 2nd International Conference of Therapeutic Photography.
iFelicitaciones a todos!

Los invitamos a participar de la 2da conferencia internacional de fotografía terapéutica que se llevará a cabo en la Escuela de Fotografía Motivarte!
Motivarte

Our crew meets the 2019 Staten Island Yankees!
07/17/2019
Your 2019 Staten Island Yankees | Life Wire

Our crew meets the 2019 Staten Island Yankees!

Your 2019 Staten Island Yankees Meet the 2019 Staten Island Yankees at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. Our interviewers, Steven Filoramo, Antonio Pabon and Michael Cilmi throw it over to the coaches and players of the Staten Island Yankees. Photos by Aaron Bialer. Edited by Sal DiBenede...

Sen. Andrew J. Lanza's Special Needs Fair
06/12/2019

Sen. Andrew J. Lanza's Special Needs Fair

Please enjoy these images from Andrew J. Lanza's recent Special Needs Fair: What Every Caregiver Should Know, at the JCC. Photos by Aaron Bialer, Meredith Arout and Antonio Pabon.

https://lifewire.news/articles-wire/what-every-caregiver-should-know-sen-andrew-j-lanza-special-needs-fair-2019/Andrew J...
06/12/2019
What Every Caregiver Should Know: Sen. Andrew J. Lanza Special Needs Fair 2019 | Life Wire

https://lifewire.news/articles-wire/what-every-caregiver-should-know-sen-andrew-j-lanza-special-needs-fair-2019/
Andrew J. Lanza Lifestyles for the Disabled JCC of Staten Island Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities #disability #ability #specialneeds #statenisland #opwdd #siddc

What Every Caregiver Should Know: Sen. Andrew J. Lanza Special Needs Fair 2019 N.Y.S. Senator Andrew J. Lanza held his 11th Special Needs Fair on the theme of “What Every Caregiver Should Know.”  The May 17th event at the Jewish Community Center of Manor Road, brought together different schools...

Our newest blogger, Larry Oliveri, wishes Jackie Evancho a happy 19th.
04/09/2019
Jackie Evancho a Happy 19th Birthday – Larry Oliveri’s Blog | Life Wire

Our newest blogger, Larry Oliveri, wishes Jackie Evancho a happy 19th.

Jackie Evancho a Happy 19th Birthday – Larry Oliveri’s Blog Good afternoon, Lifestyles For The Disabled. Today, I honor one of the greatest musical sensations & role models of all time, Jackie Evancho. She turns 19 years old today. Jacqueline Marie “Jackie” Evancho was born on April 9th, 200...

The landmark ReelAbilities Film Festival brings international films about disabilities to the public.  The series featur...
04/08/2019
ReelAbilities Film Fest Features Shorts Jmaxx and Act Natural at Education Center | Life Wire

The landmark ReelAbilities Film Festival brings international films about disabilities to the public. The series featured two short films, ‘Act Natural’ and ‘Jmaxx and the Universal Language,’ at the Lifestyles Educational Center this past April 3, 2019. The evening also featured performances by Lifestyles’ talented dancers. Join hosts Antonio Pabon and Brian Best as they find out more.

ReelAbilities Film Fest Features Shorts Jmaxx and Act Natural at Education Center The landmark ReelAbilities Film Festival brings international films about disabilities to the public.  The series featured two short films, ‘Act Natural’ and ‘Jmaxx and the Universal Language,’ at the Lifestyl...

04/08/2019
ReelAbilities Film Festival at Lifestyles Educational Center.

ReelAbilities Film Festival hosted two short films, 'Act Natural' and 'Jmaxx and the Universal Language,' at the Lifestyles Educational Center this past April 3, 2019. Also, performances by Lifestyles' talented dancers. Join hosts Antonio Pabon and Brian Best as they find out more.
https://youtu.be/vlKiYHF7tr8

ReelAbilities Film Festival hosted two short films, 'Act Natural' and 'Jmaxx and the Universal Language,' at the Lifestyles Educational Center this past Apri...

What does our reviewer Joseph Padalino have to say about "Secrets of the Dead: King Arthur's Lost Kingdom, Mar. 27, 10 p...
03/19/2019
Secrets of the Dead Delves into England’s Dark Ages with King Arthur’s Lost Kingdom | Life Wire

What does our reviewer Joseph Padalino have to say about "Secrets of the Dead: King Arthur's Lost Kingdom, Mar. 27, 10 pm (check local listings) on PBS?

Secrets of the Dead Delves into England’s Dark Ages with King Arthur’s Lost Kingdom Episode Premieres Wednesday, March 27 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) King Arthur’s legacy portraits him as a Dark Ages hero.  But Secrets of the Dead: King Arthur’s Lost Kingdom gives great insight...

02/20/2019

**Attention**
Due to the inclement weather, we will be having an early Day Hab dismissal today at 2:00 p.m. On-the-Go, PHASIS, and OPTS have been cancelled for this afternoon.

If you have any scheduling issues with the early dismissal, please contact Cathy McQuillen, Bldg. 15 Supervisor at 718-983-5351 ext. 203 ASAP so we can make alternative arrangements

Lifestyles for the Disabled
01/30/2019
Lifestyles for the Disabled

Lifestyles for the Disabled

Sal loves to sing and he got the chance to meet one of his singing heroes

Lifestyles for the Disabled
01/25/2019

Lifestyles for the Disabled

Good Morning:
Are you ready for some FOOTBALL! Lifestyles for the Disabled is offering catering for your Super bowl party so you can sit back and enjoy the game! Contact Chef Andrian at 718.983.5351 ext. 260 for more information.

Tell Gov. Cuomo. COLA is good, says National Assoc. of Social Workers-NYS, seeking 2.9% increase for workers.NASW NYS Ch...
01/15/2019
NASW-NYS ACTION ALERT | Call Governor Cuomo and urge support for a COLA for the Human Services Workforce

Tell Gov. Cuomo. COLA is good, says National Assoc. of Social Workers-NYS, seeking 2.9% increase for workers.
NASW NYS Chapter Opwdd Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council Andrew J. Lanza Nicole Malliotakis Michael Cusick Governor Andrew Cuomo

With the imminent release of the New York State Executive Budget, NASW-NYS is urging members to call the governor and urge support for a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for the human services workforce

Happy Birthday to Elvis' the King.  Read our review of The King on Independent Lens (Premiering Jan. 28 on PBS). #pbs #i...
01/08/2019
Take a Road Trip Across Elvis’ America from the Back Seat of His Rolls | Life Wire

Happy Birthday to Elvis' the King. Read our review of The King on Independent Lens (Premiering Jan. 28 on PBS). #pbs #independentlens #elvis PBS Independent Lens | PBS Thirteen WNET New York

Take a Road Trip Across Elvis’ America from the Back Seat of His Rolls Independent Lens’ The King, takes us on a journey from Elvis Presley’s humble beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi to mega stardom, and we discover America along the way, premiering Monday, January 28, 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET (chec...

Where to get your Christmas on.
11/30/2018
Check out upcoming holiday tree lightings, fairs and festivals | Life Wire

Where to get your Christmas on.

Check out upcoming holiday tree lightings, fairs and festivals The famous Rockefeller tree lighting starts off a season of festivities closer to home. Listen to Anthony Pabon preview local tree and holiday lighting displays, including the new and recently opened Winter Lantern Festival. Guest Doug ...

Mr. Mystery, a.k.a. Anthony DiFato, delves into the mysterious side of Amazon Prime BritBox, where he finds RAI’s Nero W...
11/23/2018
Life-Wire Podcast: Mr. Mystery Examines BritBox on AmazonPrime | Life Wire

Mr. Mystery, a.k.a. Anthony DiFato, delves into the mysterious side of Amazon Prime BritBox, where he finds RAI’s Nero Wolfe and other series.
https://lifewire.news/audio-wire/life-wire-podcast-mr-mystery-examines-britbox-on-amazonprime/

Life-Wire Podcast: Mr. Mystery Examines BritBox on AmazonPrime Mr. Mystery, a.k.a. Anthony DiFato, delves into the mysterious side of Amazon Prime BritBox, where he finds RAI’s Nero Wolfe and other series.

Be sure to tune into Lifestyles Radio, featuring the best pop and original content by Life-Wire News Service.  Follow th...
10/30/2018
Radio | Lifestyles for the Disabled

Be sure to tune into Lifestyles Radio, featuring the best pop and original content by Life-Wire News Service. Follow the link below. See the comments to hear recent additions.

Our recent coverage of the Family Resource and Transitions Fair is now live.  The fair, sponsored by the Staten Island D...
10/25/2018
Fair Finds Disability Resources for Transition to Adulthood

Our recent coverage of the Family Resource and Transitions Fair is now live. The fair, sponsored by the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council, was held at the College of Staten Island on Oct. 5 for families of people transitioning from school to adult programs.

Our crew covered the event with interviews and photos at the College of Staten Island.

The OPWDD Family Resource and Transitions Fair helps families find options for individuals with disabilities entering adulthood.

We took it on the road to cover the Kiwanis Aktion Club conference in Rochester, where volunteers with disabilities from...
10/17/2018
Kiwanis Aktion Clubs Converge on Rochester

We took it on the road to cover the Kiwanis Aktion Club conference in Rochester, where volunteers with disabilities from across the state converged to discuss leadership and share ideas.

“With all that the Aktion Club members do, it’s a great feeling,” said Dennis Gable, advisor to the Staten Island contingent. “I’m very happy to be a part of it and to be involved with Lifestyles A…

Trans Atlantic meeting with our friends in Spain.
09/09/2018

Trans Atlantic meeting with our friends in Spain.

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.

Congratulations to our partners, NwnPhoto, for getting images by photographers with disabilities into Getty Images!  Nic...
08/06/2018

Congratulations to our partners, NwnPhoto, for getting images by photographers with disabilities into Getty Images! Nicely done.

Today Getty Images (the best image bank in the world) has accepted the first photographs taken by photographers with intellectual disabilities from NwnPhoto (photographers and models in the photo). We are excited and with responsibility, because a new path opens up!
Hoy Getty Images (el mejor banco de imágenes del mundo) ha aceptado las primeras fotografías realizadas por fotógrafos con discapacidad intelectual de NwnPhoto (fotógrafos y modelos en la foto). Entusiasmados y con responsabilidad porque un nuevo camino se abre!
Photo: Rafa Nuka/ NwnPhoto
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More than twenty scholars of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders from countries all over sub-Sah...
08/03/2018
Mandela Fellows Visit to U.S.

More than twenty scholars of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders from countries all over sub-Saharan Africa spent the month of July learning what they could about nonprofit organizations and how they serve people here. Fellows Omo from Nigeria and Jerrat from Cameroon shadowed a few programs within Lifestyles for the Disabled.

Life-Wire reporters Michael Cilmi and Joseph Jones had an opportunity to interview Omo and Jerrat. They interviewed the pair about their work with the disabled community and their experience in the U.S. Please listen at the link below and online at Lifestyles Radio.

More than twenty scholars of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders from countries all over sub-Saharan Africa spent the month of July learning what they could about nonprofit …

Field Day Fun at Ocean Breeze Athletics
07/27/2018
Field Day Fun at Ocean Breeze Athletics

Field Day Fun at Ocean Breeze Athletics

At Lifestyles we are all work and play. Check out Ed Burke, Deputy Borough President, singing the praises of the beautiful Ocean Breeze Athletic Facility with Anthony DiFato. And look at all these …

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