About Us

Opening doors, hearts and minds… since 1971

Life’s WORC is a private, 501(c) (3) organization that supports people with developmental disabilities and autism.

We offer comprehensive services and support to over 1,500 people with developmental disabilities and autism and families in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Our residential locations provide supportive homes to over 250 people throughout the noted communities including East Harlem. Additional programs for both families and people with developmental disabilities and autism include at home support, skills development and behavioral intervention, social recreational programs, and vocational training opportunities. We also offer collaborative school linkage programs with both Long Island and NYC school districts supporting people and families in need of applied behavior analysis intervention.

Coordinated and focused through our unique Person-Centered planning approach, all of our services are provided with one goal in mind: To enable the person to achieve their personal best, no matter what their abilities or challenges. In pursuit of that goal, we follow five core values:

  • Responsibility to the people we support
  • Quality
  • Creating and maintaining a team
  • Staff development and recognition
  • Communication

While how we achieve these goals may change, Life’s WORC will remain a values-based organization that is deeply rooted in our humble beginnings. Vicki Schneps, the mother of a former Willowbrook State institution resident, founded the agency in 1971. Together with Geraldo Rivera, the reporter who first uncovered the state institution’s deplorable conditions, she established an organization dedicated to ensuring that those with developmental disabilities and autism are afforded opportunities to live life to the fullest.

Want to help us continue our mission? Learn more about ways to help.