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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.

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].
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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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Beginning today, we offer digital subscriptions to SILive for a modest amount -- $10 a month. Subscribing is completely voluntary for now.

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.

Lifestyles for the Disabled
04/08/2020

Lifestyles for the Disabled

Calling all chocolate lovers! Place your order. Easter is around the corner. Orders will be accepted until Thursday by noon. All orders that have been placed already, will be delivered on Thursday by 5pm. See flyer for info.

Ask Congress to Include Disability Supports in 4th COVID-19 Package
04/07/2020
Ask Congress to Include Disability Supports in 4th COVID-19 Package

Ask Congress to Include Disability Supports in 4th COVID-19 Package

We have heard from our Congressional allies that the House might begin drafting a fourth COVID-19 package sooner than anticipated. Instead of drafting at the end of the month, we heard House leadership might begin the process as soon as this week...

04/06/2020
AMAZING Julia Gargano Hits ALL the Notes - American Idol 2020

Congratulations to Julia Gargano on making it to the top 20 of American Idol last night. Lifestyles for the Disabled is cheering for you!

Julia Gargano is on pure island time, but that isn't stopping her from performing an amazing arrangement of Pink's "Glitter In The Air". Watch to find out if...

This year, the ReelAbilities Film Festival comes to you, with the finest films from the persective of people with disabi...
03/28/2020
ReelAbilities: Attend a film festival with a unique perspective in your own home

This year, the ReelAbilities Film Festival comes to you, with the finest films from the persective of people with disabilities. Our Life-Wire News reviewers offer their takes. ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York, NYS Opwdd Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council Staten Island Self- Direction Staffing group and Parent Network Disability Rights New York John's Crazy Socks Code of the Freaks DON'T FOIL MY PLANS Staten Island Advance Honda of Staten Island Disability Beat Radio DisABILITY In Media

Starting March 31 and rolling out through April 6, the event provides films long and short that portray the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities.

03/27/2020
Staten Island Advance

Attention all Lifestyles families and friends. Tonight at 8 pm Shane DiMaio from the Staten Island Advance will be hosting a Facebook Live watch party called “Staying Sane with Shane”. He will be making a special announcement benefiting Lifestyles. Be sure to tune in to the Staten Island Advance page at 8 pm. https://m.facebook.com/statenislandadvance

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Please take 2 minutes today to ask the House to vote YES on the COVID-19 economic stimulus package which the Senate pass...
03/26/2020
ACT TODAY: Ask House to vote YES on COVID-19 Funding Package

Please take 2 minutes today to ask the House to vote YES on the COVID-19 economic stimulus package which the Senate passed yesterday, named the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. That package contains important provisions to help people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD) and the providers who support them.

Please take 2 minutes today to ask the House to vote YES on the COVID-19 economic stimulus package which the Senate passed yesterday, named the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. That package contains important provisions to...

03/22/2020

Please help us Tell Congress It Must Include Disability Supports in the Current COVID-19 Package.

The American Network of Community Options and Resources, has issued a third action alert this week because we have just heard that the Senate Republican and Democrats are working on completing packages for a third round of COVID-19 funding legislation, and can begin voting on it as early as tonight.

We're working to ensure this package includes funding for key I/DD programs and prioritizes Medicaid-funded services. We've seen a fabulous response so far to the action alert thank you!, but we need to ensure several influential Senators hear from advocates on this issue.

Therefore, Please take two minutes ASAP using our one-click advocacy tool link below, to send a message to Our New York Senators.

https://www.votervoice.net/ANCOR/Campaigns/72778/Respond

It's a great time to stay in and socialize... from a distance.Our news crew offers suggestoins on "distance socializing....
03/21/2020
Connect while staying home: Distance Socializing

It's a great time to stay in and socialize... from a distance.
Our news crew offers suggestoins on "distance socializing."
NwnPhoto Felipe Alonso Jessica Moroz Lynda Behling Jessica Moroz Yoga

Instead of “social distancing,” think “distance socializing.”

Thanks to NwnPhoto for including us in your project of photos take at home while our participating photographer are stay...
03/19/2020

Thanks to NwnPhoto for including us in your project of photos take at home while our participating photographer are staying home for our safety. Looking forward to our future projects.

We also want to show photographs of other photographers with #diversity, they are our friends, with our same problems ... We will try to take photos together to continue advancing in our #inclusion.
Today photos: Aaron Biaier / Life-Wire News Service (NYC)
También queremos enseñar fotografías de otros fotógrafos con diversidad, ellos son amigos nuestros, con nuestros mismos problemas... Intentaremos tomar fotos juntos para seguir avanzando en nuestra inclusion.

03/17/2020

Attn: Lifestyles for the Disabled will suspend ALL services effective 5:00pm today. We will keep everyone informed when we will re-open our services. Alerts will be sent through our bright-arrow system, facebook and our app. Please stay safe and healthy through this difficult time. Please feel free to reach out for further information.

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Usage guidelines: Life-Wire News Service makes content created by individuals with intellectual disabilities available to media outlets, following our guidelines. Outlets must request permission to reprint or post articles, photography or video assets in their media by contacting Eddy Gregory ([email protected]) or Michael Commorato ([email protected]). There is no fee for usage, however, if you are interested in making a donation to Lifestyles for the Disabled, we will provide you with details on how to make a donation. Digital media should link to our website at LFDSI.org when possible. Media should not be posted out of context or in any fashion that disparages our journalists - we do, however, recognize that you may not control all comments made to your media outlet. Follow these criteria for crediting our content: -Text Articles: Credit our author(s) and their staff collaborator(s), along with Life-Wire News Service, as indicated in text. -Photography: credit our photographer and Life-Wire New Service at “[name of photographer], “Life-Wire News Service” or “[name of photographer], Life-Wire News Service, a division of Lifestyles for the Disabled.” -Video must be credited to “Life-Wire News Service” or “Life-Wire News Service, a division of Lifestyles for the Disabled.”

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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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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!!!