Mission: To address the health, psychological, and socioeconomic challenges of people with mental, developmental, or physical disabilities.
About the organization: Founded in 1982, the Life Steps Foundation helps people with disabilities acquire the confidence, training, and social and emotional support they need to overcome obstacles related to their disability. To that end, the organization provides in-home and center-based caregiving and skill training programs through a network of affiliate and local community service locations across California.
Current programs: The Los Angeles-based organization's child and family services are designed to maximize the development of children from birth to age 5 who have or are at risk for developmental delays and support their parents in strengthening the parent/child relationship. The organization's offerings include structured group preschool/child care, with a focus on accelerating a child's development of social and emotional skills and learning abilities through participation in activities with children who do not have delays or disabilities; early interventions, including one-on-one in-home training to support the development of language skills and improvement of motor, cognitive, social-emotional, and self-help skills; and a comprehensive parenting program.
The organization's services for adults are designed to empower people with developmental disabilities make life-management decisions and informed choices and engage in self-advocacy — from independent living on their own or in a supportive environment, to personal fulfillment, to parenting and family preservation. Services for seniors include companion care, which provides emotional support and companionship for individuals who are generally healthy and want to remain independent at home; homemaker and personal care services; and comprehensive health and daycare programs that provide door-to-door transportation, on-site nursing care and medication management, physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation, and meals.
COVID-19 response: While the organization was forced to suspend some of its in-person services as a result of the pandemic, it has been providing telehealth services and recently has restarted some children and family programs.
Website: Visitors to the Life Steps Foundation site can learn more about the organization's programs, check for COVID-19 updates, read the blog for the latest developments, and/or sign up to receive quarterly newsletters. They also can learn more about out how to help by making a donation or volunteering.
Funding: Life Steps Foundation is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and program fees.