Lifespire grew out of a movement in the 1950’s led by parents for educational access in New York City for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Based on their success in changing the law to guarantee educational access for all students, co-founders and parents Ida Rappaport and Harry Kamish established Lifespire in November of 1951 as a premier service provider of social, recreational, vocational, and residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
68 years later, Lifespire continues to fulfill the legacy of our co-founders by helping almost 4,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they strive towards life goals of community involvement, meaningful employment and independent living. Lifespire has received accreditation for its Person-Centered Excellence by the Council on Quality and Leadership and the Gold Award for Health Leadership Excellence by Mainstay/My25.
Lifespire Foundation was formed in 2007. The Lifespire Foundation’s goal is to increase awareness of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and raise funds to enhance Lifespire’s programs, supports and services. The Lifespire Foundation has received the Silver Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.