Participants at a Lifestyles for the Disabled Event

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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

We had a jam-packed week at Super Happy Funday last week! Chris started our week with a presentation on the history of radio, which included some clips of him working on the radio!On Tuesday, we went back to Broadway with Brigid. She talked to us about a classic Broadway show-Porgy & Bess! After that, Tony presented a program on the Sierra 3, a classic train that has appeared in dozens of movies, TV shows, and commercials!Then, Eric took us to Egypt with his mom on Wednesday! They joined us to talk about trips they took to Egypt in the 1990s. We got to see pictures of their trip, as well as some souvenirs and artifacts!Thursday was a busy day for us. Michele joined us from the Greenhouse to give us a spring preview of plants there and talked to us about how to plant different seeds! Tony then told us about Perseverance, the rover that recently landed on Mars before Chris came on to present the history of the Negro Leagues in baseball!To close out our week on Super Happy Funday, we watched celebrity recipes go head-to-head with each other in some taste tests! Some of the foods we saw recipes for were grilled cheese sandwiches, hamburgers, and mac and cheese! The day ended with some fun Radio Request Live and dancing with Chris!Thanks to everyone who joined in on the fun with us! ...
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Spring is right around the corner. Lifestyles for the Disabled Greenhouse is now taking orders for their Annual Spring Sale. To place your order please visit and click on the "Flowers", text SPRING21 to 41-444 or click this link All orders need to be placed no later than April 1, 2021. Two pick up locations will be available from April 29th to May 1st. If you have any questions please contact Edward Kahmann at ...
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Before we say goodbye to February, let's remember everyone lookin' good at the Valentine's Day dance, hosted by Sharon Bottaro and Paula Gregory. THanks to Aaron Bialer for taking screenshots. ...
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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.

Self-Direction and Fiscal Intermediary Services

Lifestyles offers Fiscal Intermediary (FI) Services to individuals who chose self-direction. As the FI, Lifestyles will provide administrative and billing support including:

  • Billing Medicaid or New York State for services in the budget
  • Co-managing their self-hired staff (payroll services, background checks, etc.)
  • Tracking expenditures and providing monthly statements

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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