Participants at a Lifestyles for the Disabled Event

About Us

Lifestyles for the Disabled began operating in 1994 through the collaboration of 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 participants with realistic work settings and experiences within the Staten Island community and beyond.

Life at Lifestyles

Upcoming events

At Lifestyles we conduct a range of various events throughout the year to help engage and inspire our participants in various activities, with their peers, friends and families.

employment options

Lifestyles is committed to achieving its mission by training and developing participants with employable skills to become employed in the future.

cafe & Event catering

Lifestyles for The Disabled has two cafes, The Lifestyles Caffè at Willowbrook and the S.I Zoo Café, and offers catering at each venue and throughout the community.

Lifestyles News & Updates

Dear Friends and Families of Lifestyles:This Sunday, October 24th, 24 of our “Lifestyles Participants” will be taking part in the RAB’S Country Lanes BOWL-A-THON fundraiser to STRIKE OUT BREAST CANCER. To join requires that each of our Participants representing “Lifestyles” raise a minimum of $50. The Participants who you sponsor will enjoy 2 hours of Bowling, Pizza, Cake and most importantly, an afternoon that they can enjoy with their friends and support the fight against Breast Cancer. Please support “Team Lifestyles” by making a donation in any amount. No amount is too small, every $1 counts. Go to and click the PINK RIBBON or text PINK21 to 41-444. Need more information call Kathy Zito at 718-986-7783. TEAM LIFESTYLES“Creating a World of Opportunities” for Everyone ... See MoreSee Less
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Hear ye! Hear ye!Dear Friends of LifestylesA Proclamation from the "Lollypop Guild" has declared Wednesday, October 27th at 6:30pm as the start of Halloween Bingo with the Lifestyles for the Disabled staff of the Wizard of Oz. Ease on over to your computer and Register for the event on the website and click on the Yellow Brick Road on top.At exactly 7:00pm our hosts Dorothy Filice and Frank the Cowardly Lion will begin calling the numbers for the event. Come join with Glinda, The Scarecrow and the Tinman and Toto too as they take you "Over the Rainbow" for a fun filled night.Your purchase of Bingo Cards at a cost of 1 card for $15, 2 Cards for $20, or 3 cards for $25 also includes the opportunity for you to win raffle prizes throughout the night. You can also purchase 50/50 Raffles at an additional cost of $10 per entry. You need not be present to win.Should you have any questions regarding this event, please call Edward Kahmann at 201-674-9339 or Kathy Zito at 718-986-7783. ... See MoreSee Less
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Just a few more days till Lifestyles Trunk or Treat, Saturday, October 23rd from 11:00am - 3:00pm at the Willowbrook Campus (930 Willowbrook Rd). Entry is just $5 per person or you can decorate your trunk and get in for free. To sign up go to and click on the PUMPKIN on top. If you are interested in decorating you trunk or need more information contact Dana McKnight at 347-937-4564 or Laura Nash at 347-215-1926. ... See MoreSee Less
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There was fun for all at our Lifestyles Annual Joe Gentile Golf Outing. See for yourself! ... See MoreSee Less
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Programs for Disabled Adults in Staten Island - Lifestyles for the Disabled

Developmental disabilities are challenging for the individuals and families impacted by them, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pursue a fulfilling lifestyle. For adults with developmental disabilities, programs offered by Lifestyles for the Disabled provide unique and personalized support. Based in Staten Island, New York, we help to foster independence and promote community involvement through recreational, occupational, and service opportunities.

Our Impactful Programs

From work experiences to travel and entertainment, all programs are managed by highly trained staff and encourage disabled adults to live their lives to the fullest. Our offerings include special events, two cafes, and a variety of programs to fill different purposes and needs, including:

Day Habilitation

Our Day Habilitation program enriches the lives of participants with opportunities to engage with their community creatively, physically, and socially. We offer personalized activities including fine arts and crafts, physical fitness, community service, leisure, education opportunities, and occupational experience.


While respite gives caretakers and family members some time off and assurance that their loved one is in good hands, participants are given an opportunity for socialization and recreation alongside their peers. Adult and high school participants can enjoy unique on-site opportunities, including athletic games, art, crafting, and cooking. Respite also offers community outings, day trips, resort nights, and even short camping trips.

Supplemental Day Habilitation (OPTS)

Our Supplemental Day Habilitation program is designed to help disabled people aged 14 to 21 prepare for the transition from school to adulthood. The program builds life and occupational skills through a variety of opportunities. There are also optional weekend trips so teenagers and young adults can enjoy a wider variety of experiences.

Community Habilitation

In Community Habilitation, a participant works one-on-one with a staff member to develop an individualized program. The participant sets their own goals to develop skills, build independence, and integrate with their community. In order to achieve those goals, the staff member helps construct a custom schedule with unique activities and opportunities tailored for the individual.

Employment Options and Services

Our Employment Services include a variety of options to prepare participants for employment and to help them succeed in the workplace. The program teaches pre-employment skills and develops useful abilities like problem-solving, time management, work ethic, and conflict resolution to help participants excel in their work. We also provide job coaching, paid internship opportunities, and other tools to help participants find and retain jobs.

A History of Serving Staten Island

Lifestyles for the Disabled was founded in 1994 as a collaboration between local families, community organizations, businesses, and disabled adults. It was designed to address the overwhelming need for programs in Staten Island that provide experience, enrichment, and realistic work settings to disabled adults. Though we started with only four participants, the program currently serves over 400 developmentally disabled individuals.

Contact Us to Learn More

Lifestyles for the Disabled offers unique support and programs for adults with developmental disabilities in the Staten Island area, enabling them to benefit from education, recreation, community service, and greater independence. Check our latest news updates to see what we’ve done lately to serve our community. To learn more about our programs, request a campus tour, or get started today, contact us at 718-983-5351 x 258.

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