CORE PROGRAMS

Long Life’s Core values:

We believe that people with disabilities have the same right to pursue their aspirations, dreams, and desires as people without disabilities. People with disabilities have the right to live their life as they see fit and engage in the lifestyle of their choice.

People with disabilities are entitled to struggle against any force that tries to deny them access to health or wellness serivces, housing, employment, personal relationships, intimacy, financial security, education, spiritual expression, and cultural enrichment.

Long Life staff and volunteers stand by people who “self-identify” as having a disability and believe they are part of the diversity that is New York and will fight against ableism and marginalization at every turn.

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Long Life Programs

§  Worklink - Supported Employment

§  Living-Link –Affordable Housing Development

§  City-Link - Day Habilitation §  Living-Link Residential Habilitation
§  LLIRN Service Coordination §  Recreation
§  Living-Link – Supported Housing §  Arts & Cultural Programs

Service Coordination

Taking care of business and getting things done can sometimes make you feel like a mouse in a maze. The Service Coordinator is an advocate who provides information and referral services. They document the process of trial and error, make note of progress or set-backs, and record the victories of “getting it right.” Their focus is quality of life. They have many resources to help people address independent living, wellness, and lifestyle issues. The Service Coordinator is committed to making sure persons with disabilities are satisfied with services they receive from Long Life and other service providers.
The Service Coordinators work within the persons circle of personal and professional support to create a individualized service plan (ISP) that serve as a roadmap for the blend of services the Long Life team will provide. Assistance is provided with some or all of the concerns listed here:

•Access-A-Ride Applications and Reservations

•After School and Recreational Programs

•Arts Programs

•Clinical Services

•Comprehensive Healthcare

•Crisis Management

•Education

•Elder Services

•Family Reimbursement

•Food Stamps

•Future Planning / Guardianship

•Habilitation

•Legal Services

•Medicaid

•Parenting Support Services

•Recreation

•Respite
•Safe and Affordable Housing
•Self-Advocacy
•Social Security
•Summer Camp
•Supported Employment

•Supported Housing

•Travel Training
Worklink Supported Employment Program
The WORKLINK PROGRAM has provided career development support for thousands of individuals with and without disabilities.  Job Developers and Job Coaches inform the business community about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. They work with the individual to identify a work opportunity that is a match for their skills, disposition, and future plans

Job Coaches to assist with:

•Employment search and placement services

•Resume preparation

•Guidance submitting Internet Employment Applications

•On-the-job training

•Job coaching

•Employee self-advocacy training

•Workplace crisis intervention and advocacy services

•Worksite specific skill development

•Travel training

•Acquisition of workplace specific attire

Habilitation

When faced with the challenges of cognitive, physical, psychiatric, or developmental disability it may be difficult to maintain the independent, self-sufficient life to which one is entitled. Community and Day Habilitation services assist people who self-identify as having a disability achieve the level of independence they want.

Community Habilitation

We offer Person-Centered assistance integrating into local community life. Unfortunately, many people in our society have an ableist perspective. The ableist worldview holds that disability is an error, a mistake, or a failing, rather than a simple consequence of human diversity, akin to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender[1]. Ableism, makes it necessary for us to assist people fight for inclusion in all aspects of community life, and we do! Our Community Habilitation service component strives to help people having disabilities achieve their community participation and engagement aspirations. Our habilitation staff will make appointments, attend meetings, advocate for necessary public accommodations, arrange transportation, block blatant and obvious exploitation, and fight for equal access to social interaction and business opportunities in the community. In the home, habilitation staff work with the individual and their family to enjoy the home environment and strive to improve the experience of engaging in activities of daily living.

Day Habilitation

The Day-Hab staff work with individuals to identify stimulating activities that exist in the community and discover new areas of interest and excitement. Activities are individually centered and conducted in a group setting, using positive behavioral reinforcement to reward achieving behavioral goals. The primary focus of day habilitation is the development self-help, communication, independent living, behavior and other non-vocational personal skills.

Successful achievement of day habilitation goals can often result in qualification for supported employment services.

Day Hab services have five prevalent themes:

Relationships

•Developing personal relationships in the community

•Maintaining relationships

•Interacting in a social setting

•Intimacy

•Etiquette

•Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication

•Volunteering in the neighborhood

Wellness

•Nature walks

•Nutrition

•Shopping

•Cardio and Aerobic Exercise

•Movement and stretching

•Relaxation

Cultural Enrichment

•Music

•Dance

•Art

•Crafts

Exploration

•Neighborhood walking tours

•Visits to Galleries & Museums

Participation in community and cultural events

•Creativity exploration

•Jobs exploration

Independent Living

•Money Management

•Personal Responsibility

•Self-Advocacy

•Anger and Crisis Management

•Hygiene

•Adult Literacy

•Travel Training

Affordable Supported Housing

WAZOBIA HOUSE provides Housing plus support to chronic and persistently mentally ill single adults. Residents have affordable apartments and easy access to help needed to stay housed and healthy. The rent is one-third of their income. An on-site support network of professionals help to overcome challenges that crop up.

In partnership with local Bed-Stuy organizations, we provides the type of support many of us get from friends and family: help managing illnesses, getting an education, finding a job, arranging doctor appointments, and creating meaningful day-to-day routines.

Wazobia House residents are from diverse backgrounds and experiences. With our support residents transform their lives and maintain a beautiful roof over their head. Of the 42 studio apartments, 6 are available for community residents without disabilities.

Low Income Housing Advocacy

Long Life Staff organized 520 low income households along the Gates Avenue Corridor. These families were experiencing dangerous and substandard living conditions. We helped them get rid of their slumlords and transfer ownership of their buildings to a not for profit affordable housing developer.

After years of struggle, the residents were organized into a strong self-advocating unit. They became a force to be reckoned with in the arena of low-income housing and respected voices in the National Alliance of HUD Tenants. The NAHT is a multi-cultural, tenant-controlled alliance of tenants who live in privately-owned, multifamily HUD-assisted housing. NAHT works tirelessly preserving affordable housing, protecting tenants' rights, and promoting tenant ownership and control. Our staff has provided information and referral services for thousands of households in need of affordable housing and entitlement self-advocacy.

Community Economic Development

We work with the Coalition to Improve Bedford-Stuyvesant to increase economic opportunity for local residents through financial literacy training. We create employment opportunities through the WORKLINK PROJECT, social enterprise development, information, and referral services.

Medical Services

Coordination of health care services and use of preventive health care services top the list of duties for the Service Coordinator. They will help you understand complicated medical conditions and medications, advocate and interact with medical professionals or medical insurance companies, and communicate effectively with doctors.

They will help you stay on top of primary and secondary medical conditions you may have. The Service Coordinator will remind you and may nag you if necessary to modify your lifestyle when your health is at stake. If you insist on engaging in behaviors that put your health at risk they will be there to help you through the crises.

The Service Coordinator will take action based on a service plan that you work together to create. It is up to them to explore and create options and come up with innovative ideas to help you make informed decisions, maintain, and improve your lifestyle.

Education Services

Many say education starts in the cradle and continues till the grave. You are never to young or too old to learn. Early intervention services can help jumpstart a child’s educational experience. It is not enough for parents to rely on the Department of Education to provide Special Education services to a child with a learning, physical or emotional disability.

Our Service Coordination staff will work with parents to help them give their child the best chance at success in todays educational system. They will help parents explore the many options that exist for their child with special educational needs.

Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers

The Service Coordinator can help you navigate the world of early intervention services for a child presenting with speech, language, or physical delays.

Educational Services for School-Age Children

The service coordinator will help you identify specially designed educational instruction needed to meet the unique needs of your child with a disability. They will shepherd you through the Special Education maze of inclusive educational services. If necessary they will arrange for speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and travel training. They are available to attend IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) meetings with you. Service Coordinators also help you make sure that the services identified in the IEP are actually provided. They can assist parents interpret scores on standardized tests and assessments then help you determine what next steps might be helpful.

Special Education Services

When it is determined that your child has a special educational need there are many ways that you can help to boost the opportunities for your child. NYC Department of Education, District 75, is the main provider of educational programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or multiply disabled. They also provide behavioral assessments and support for the child who has severe behaviors. Developing a strong working relationship with the team who provides special education services for your child can greatly improve the educational outcomes for your child. Your Service Coordinator will help you through the process.

Transition from School to Adult Life and the World of Work

The Service Coordinator will assists parents understand what is available and how to access Transition Services provided by the Department of Education. If your child needed special educational services while in school, the act of graduating or aging out of school does not make the special need disappear. Often the child who required special educational services will also require supports to transition from school to adult life and entry to the World of Work.

During the “transition” phase the IEP is the tool that helps guide the transition process. The IEP will state measurable postsecondary goals and describe the mix of additional services necessary for a smooth transition to adult life and the world of work. The Service Coordinator will help parents implement residential, social and recreational outcomes identified in the IEP.

Post-Secondary Educational and Vocational Services

The Service Coordinator will assist the young adult with the disability and if appropriate, their parents determine the right fit of vocational and post-secondary educational services available for students who were formerly in special education programs.

Options are many they include but are not limited to:

•Vocational Assessments and Career Guidance

•Referral to Adult Career and Continuing Eduation Services (ACCES)

•Trade and /or Vocational School Referrals

•Referral to Adult Education Programs

•Pre-vocational Services

•Supported Employment

•Job Coaching

•Internships

•On-the-Job Training

•Touring and worksite visits

•Vocational skill assessment to discover areas of interest and competency

•Participating in work opportunities

•Make connections with community organizations

•Supervised work opportunities at local businesses

•Referrals to Independent Living Programs

FAMILY SUPPORT PARTNERSHIP WITH 1ST DAY AND STOCKINGS WITH CARE

First Day New York

Several times a year families on fixed and/or low-incomes feel the financial strain and social pressure of spending money they don’t have. Children don’t understand the financial dynamics. They just know that it’s back to school time and they want the latest in back to school gear. At Christmas time youngsters just know they want what Madison Avenue has been pushing regardless of price. Many households cannot meet even the most reasonable of request because they are in a financial crisis.

Long Life is amoung several organizations who receive help to lighten the back-to-school shopping burden. Throughout the summer, The First Day NY volunteers raise money to purchase new clothing, books, and school supplies for school aged children.

Through their personal and professioanl relationships they get companies to donate backpacks, new clothing and school supplies. By mid-August, 1st Day Volunteers are ready to distribute hundreds of uniforms, shoes, shirts, skirts, pants, books, school supplies, and backpacks.

All of the Long Life families know their children will receive a backpack from First Day NY. These backpacks weigh a ton and are easily valued over $200. It is an incredible gift to families. Parents are relieved of the financial burden and children embark on their first day back to school with the supplies they need, able to hold their had up.

 a must at the end of the summer. Parents on a tight budget find it a challenge to buy the trendy items thir children want. Often these households can scrape together enough money to get the bare necessities. Far too many times, they can’t and their children go without the new things their peers have.

LONG LIFE UNITY FOOD BUYERS COLLECTIVE

The Bedford-Stuyvesant community has had a long reputation as a “fresh fruit and vegetable desert.” To promote wellness and good nutrition volunteers of the Food Buyers Collective go to Hunts Point Market and shop for veggies and fruits once every two weeks. Members pay $30 and receive a food package worth twice their money. Not only is the value twice the dollar paid, the quality far outshines what is available in local neighborhood stores. Special orders can be made for fresh and frozen fish. We accept EBT cards for payment.

CITY LINK Recreational and Cultural Activities