Lifestyles for the Disabled

Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Lifestyles for the DisabledFounded in 1994, Lifestyles serves over 400 developmentally disabled individuals with a variety of vocational and recreational opportunities on Staten Island. Lifestyles programs strive to help these individuals access needed services, achieve fulfillment through positive work experiences and enjoy life through travel and entertainment. These programs allow our individuals to explore not only Staten Island but other New York City boroughs, counties throughout New York State and other states along the eastern seaboard. Lifestyles programs include Day Habilitation, Recreational Respite, Community Habilitation, Opportunities for People Through Services (OPTS) and Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC).

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Does my child need Medicaid?

Does my child need OPWDD Eligibility?

When does the program run?

Do you break for the summer months?

What are the times for the program?

Is Transportation provided?

What is the staffing ratio?

Do you provide clinical services, speech, OT, PT etc….?

Would my child get paid?

How would my child be able to participate in community inclusion?

Is there a nurse on staff, who can address the medical needs of my child if necessary?

Would your program be able to support someone who is non-ambulatory?

Are there extended day programs?

Is there a screening process and if so how is that set up?

If my child received free meals in school, do they receive free meals while in the Day Habilitation program?

What is the staff turnover like at Lifestyles?

What is the procedure if my child or I are not satisfied with my child’s program at Lifestyles?