Lifespire has developed a variety of respite services with recreational activities for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Our goals for all our programs is to improve independence, socialization, communication skills and a sense of personal worth while providing a relief to the families of all participants enrolled. Services include After School Respite Program for Students, Adult Respite and Non-Waiver Saturday Weekend Respite. For more information on any of these programs or to make a referral, please call 646-753-1355 or email respite@lifespire.org.


The After School Respite program is designed to reinforce the social communication and language skills that students learn during the day at school by giving them guidance and support in a less structured environment.  This program includes activities such as dance, art, crafts, cooking lessons, power walking, bowling, interactive technology such as computer and video games, and basic help with school work. Students participate in a cooking program each day in which they learn how to plan and prepare nutritious meals. They are taught safety skills and are given the opportunity to enjoy their meals with their peers. This program follows the Board of Education schedule and is offered in the boroughs of the Bronx and Manhattan: Monday through Thursdays from 3-6 PM.


The Adult Respite program provides temporary breaks for families and caregivers to have time to address their own needs or interests, which ultimately improves the family's ability to cope with their daily responsibilities. At the same time, this program provides the adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who are participating in this program an opportunity to learn, socialize, engage in recreational activities and hobbies in a less structured environment than their regular day programs or day jobs. All respite services help participants learn to be more independent and develop relationships with people outside of their families. Weekly activities include art, music, dancing, games, community trips to the local parks, movies, bowling, stores and local restaurants.

Program Days/Time/ Locations:
  • Bronx:  1315 Loomis Street, Bronx New York, 10461   Mondays and Wednesdays - 3:00-6:00
  • Manhattan: 159 East 125th St. New York, N.Y., 10035 Tuesdays and Thursdays - 3:00-6:00

Application for Respite