Lifestyles originated in 1994 through a collaboration between parents, community organizations, local business people and intellectually disabled (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.
Life-Wire News Service, the only news wire featuring content by people with developmental disabilities, is a program of Lifestyles.  Individuals participating in Life-Wire News Service (crew members) create content in video, audio, photography and text covering arts and culture, sports, human rights and other topics.