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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.

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.

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

Sen. Andrew J. Lanza's Special Needs Fair

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
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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

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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...
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…

New York Transit Museum is one of my favorite small museums.  There's a lot to learn, not just from the collection, but ...
01/11/2017
Neurodiversifying the Museum

New York Transit Museum is one of my favorite small museums. There's a lot to learn, not just from the collection, but from how they do business. New York City Department of Cultural Affairs #museums #culturalaffairs #autism #neurodiversity

One topic I’ve explored here on the Blog is how museums such as the Pacific Science Center are making themselves more accessible to visito...

Here is an important message from Family Advocacy Information Resource (FAIR) and the Coalition of Provider Association ...
01/10/2017
Make ONE Call Today

Here is an important message from Family Advocacy Information Resource (FAIR) and the Coalition of Provider Association (COPA).

Make ONE Call Today to Save Medicare, Medicare & ACA

The Life-Wire News Crew is setting their sights on the new year with fresh goals and aspirations. "I want to teach peopl...
01/04/2017
Our Goals for 2017

The Life-Wire News Crew is setting their sights on the new year with fresh goals and aspirations. "I want to teach people French, singing in French. And I want to learn to cook pasta." -Sunnurha Vertus Photo by Harry Rodriguez for Life-Wire News Service. "I want to write my own mysteries." -Anthony DiFato. Photo by Anthony Kefalinos for Life-Wire News Service. [ 144 more words ]

http://lifewire.news/2017/01/04/our-goals-for-2017

“I want to teach people French, singing in French. And I want to learn to cook pasta.” -Sunnurha Vertus

Our Life-Wire News Service crew looks into their collective crystal ball to prognosticate into 2017.  What will the futu...
12/30/2016
Life-Wire Big 2017 Predictions

Our Life-Wire News Service crew looks into their collective crystal ball to prognosticate into 2017. What will the future bring? Taylor Swift will win best female vocalist at the American Music Awards -Sal DiBenedetto The Giants will win Super Bowl LI by 24 points. Eli Manning will throw a long pass that will result in a touchdown. -Meredith Arout and Sal DiBenedetto… [ 37 more words ]

http://lifewire.news/2016/12/30/life-wire-big-2017-predictions

What will the future bring?

Life-Wire News Service had a spectacular first full year.  Here are our most popular stories of 2016. 1- Koko Gets Her P...
12/28/2016
Top 10 Life-Wire News Service Stories of 2016

Life-Wire News Service had a spectacular first full year. Here are our most popular stories of 2016. 1- Koko Gets Her PBS Close-Up Our crew reviewed the PBS/BBC documentary Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks. Koko lives at the Gorilla Foundation with Penny Patterson, who taught her sign language. -Anthony Pabon 2- Living with Down Syndrome: Eric Schwake Eric's video helps people understand what it is like to live with Down Syndrome. [ 386 more words ]

http://lifewire.news/2016/12/28/top-10-life-wire-news-service-stories-of-2016

Life-Wire News Service had a spectacular first full year.  Here are our most popular stories of 2016. 1- Koko Gets Her PBS Close-Up  Our crew reviewed the PBS/BBC documentary Koko: The Gorilla Who …

The holiday dozen.  Which are your favorites?#rudolph #frostythesnowman #charliebrown #peanuts #homealone #santaclause #...
12/20/2016
Top picks for holiday movies – a baker’s dozen

The holiday dozen. Which are your favorites?
#rudolph #frostythesnowman #charliebrown #peanuts #homealone #santaclause #christmasstory #eightcrazynights #adamsandler #elf #grinch #nativity #nightmarebeforechristmas #muppetchristmascarol #christmas #chanukah #hanukkah #holidays #seasonsgreetings #holidayfavorites #film #tv #review

Want to escape the frigid weather or take a break from the hustle and bustle? Lifestyles Media Department recommends watching a movie together, and its members have some picks from the annual favor…

This just in!  The 2017 Staten Island Yankees will be known as ...  The Staten Island Yankees!!  Re-branding will be pos...
12/19/2016
Posts about Yankees on Life-Wire News Service

This just in! The 2017 Staten Island Yankees will be known as ... The Staten Island Yankees!! Re-branding will be postponed. Meanwhile, take a look back at our Staten Island Yankee coverage. #Statenislandyankees #yankees Staten Island Yankees

Alice
12/18/2016
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Another story about Google Maps and accessibility

"Google Maps just made life a little easier for wheelchair users looking for accessible locations.

People with disabilities and those who use mobility aids can now click on various storefronts and other public places within the mobile app, and it will say whether the locations have accessible entrances. The information is listed under the "Amenities" section for each business."

The 1934 version of “The March of the Wooden Soldiers” is an annual holiday treat for the whole family. Also known a...
12/15/2016
Put ‘March of the Wooden Soldiers’ on holiday to-do list

The 1934 version of “The March of the Wooden Soldiers” is an annual holiday treat for the whole family. Also known as “Babes in Toyland,” the black and white classic will be shown on Christmas Day from noon to 2 p.m. on WPIX 11. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star as Stan Dee and Ollie Dum. They live with the Old Woman in the Shoe and are trying to save Little Bo Peep from marrying Silas Barnaby, the heartless landlord. [ 98 more words ]

http://lifewire.news/2016/12/15/put-march-of-the-wooden-soldiers-on-holiday-to-do-list

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy star as Stan Dee and Ollie Dum. They live with the Old Woman in the Shoe and are trying to save Little Bo Peep from marrying Silas Barnaby, the heartless landlord. In t…

Arts on the move!  Staten Island Arts is opening a new art space at the URBY living campus on the Stapleton waterfront.
12/13/2016
Staten Island Arts is on the move!

Arts on the move! Staten Island Arts is opening a new art space at the URBY living campus on the Stapleton waterfront.

Hello Friends, We are excited to share with you the news that Staten Island Arts’s office and project space will be moving in early 2017 to the Urby Campus in Stapleton! We are grateful to have been a part of the changes made at the St. George Ferry Terminal over the past few years, where we have pr...

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