Lifespan – Abilities Illuminated

Person Centered Thinking Training-Greensboro-March 13, 2018

  Date: March 13-14, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Location:       Creative Campus Guilford 2nd Floor Training Room 908 McClellan Place Greensboro, NC 27409 Cost: $125 per person Registration Deadline: March 5, 2018 For questions contact: Lori Jakubowski 336.852.1495, ext. 3427 Cell: 336.209.7234 Email: About the Class: The Person Centered Thinking class is recommended to individuals that provide supports to people with disabilities or provide ongoing   support to person centered plans.   This two-day class provides training to familiarize the learner with    Person Centered Thinking and offers the opportunity to explore PCT concepts through exercises and discussions. Students will receive instruction on PCT Mindful Learning Tools and will practice using PCT skills and tools.  


Charity Day at Burger 21 – Oct. 21

Join your friends and family for Charity Day at Burger 21. Burger 21 will donate 10% of purchases back to Lifespan this Saturday, Oct. 21 at Burger 21 in Ballantyne Village.* *10% of pre-tax amount. Excludes alcohol purchases. Dine-in only.

Art In the Arboretum-October 1 (Greensboro)

The Artists of Mosaic Studios will be one of the vendors at “Art in the Arboretum”  on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The event will be held at the Greensboro Arboretum at 401 Ashland Drive, Greensboro, NC from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM.

Charlotte Runway 5K Run/Walk-October 28

The Runway 5K Run is a certified run that takes place on a smooth, flat surface at one of the nation’s most unique locations and busiest airports. A portion of the race course is on one of the Airport’s taxiways and provides up close and exciting views of planes landing and taking off, the terminal complex and a scenic view of the Uptown Charlotte skyline. The course is wheelchair accessible and baby stroller friendly. In year’s past, local celebrities and athletes have participated in the event including Charlotte Bobcats Kemba Walker, former Carolina Panthers defensive end Mike Rucker and Mrs. North Carolina USA Debbie Miller. The Runway 5K has raised more than $200,000 for LIFESPAN ​since its inception in 2007.​​​ Registration​ Runners and walkers may register online now. Visit​ to register. ​​Registration fees are as follows: Until Monday, October 9: $25 Tuesday, October 10 – Friday, October 27: $30 As in the past the race will be capped so sign up early.  There will be no race day registration. New this year, if you plan to bring friends or family to watch the event, they must register as well.  This event is held on a secure airfield.  For security purposes, we must know who everyone is that attends the race.  It is free for spectators but, they must sign up prior to race day.  

Cabernets & Creations-Oct 26

For more details, contact Dawn Ashby Caldwell at .

Independence Day holiday

LIFESPAN offices will be closed on July 4, 2017 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Dandelion Walk 2017

Dandelion Walk at LCC Guilford- June 17, 2017

Flair for Fair Fashion Show

The 3rd annual Flair for Fair Fashion show will be held on June 3.

40@5 Ambassadors Club

The campaign will involve 40 stakeholders from across the state who agree to raise $5,000 by February, 2014. Are you up for the challenge?

“I Love the Queen City”

Mosaic is opening the doors of the studio to the public for an art show entitled “I Love the Queen City.”

Ready, Set, Go!

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport hosted the 6th Annual Runway 5K event on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Proceeds from the event will support the CAET program at LIFESPAN.  Over 2,300 participants registered for the event and over 25 LIFESPAN volunteers arrived early to assist airport staff with preparations for race day. Our dedicated volunteers arrived at 5:00 a.m. ready and excited about making this a successful event. Our volunteers assisted with parking, setting up refreshment tables, providing water to the runners/walkers, all while offering encouragement to participants as they crossed the finish line. The weather was very cooperative and the event guaranteed runners and walkers of all ages’ up-close views of the airport runway, airplanes, aircraft activity and much more. For the first time, teams were able to register to run together and compete for more than 50 awards. This included the top overall male and female runners, baby joggers and teams for all age groups. The Runway 5K event was another opportunity for our individuals that we serve to demonstrate their ability vs their disability. Our CAET team consists of 20+ years of experience working with individuals with developmental “abilities”. The CAET model incorporates individualized, integrated, person-centered, vocational, and creative community- based activities for the individuals that we serve. The overall goal is to support individuals so they can realize their hopes and dreams by empowering them to become as independent as possible so they can live, work, and play in their communities. LIFESPAN has a wonderful partnership with the airport team and are very grateful for their continued support. On behalf of the CAET Team we would like to thank everyone who helped and participated in the event!

Happy Anniversary LIFESPAN!

Happy Anniversary, LIFESPAN! Today, our agency will celebrate 39 years of supporting children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across North Carolina. Next year, will mark our 40th anniversary and we plan to celebrate in many ways to mark this great accomplishment.  LIFESPAN has decided to produce a book of photographs illustrating the “Seasons of LIFESPAN” featuring portraits of individuals, staff members, caregivers, parents and donors. In order to carry out this project, LIFESPAN has partnered with David Johnson and his company “Silent Images” ( David was a former English teacher in Charlotte NC, who left teaching to do full time international work. He is the president and founder of Silent Images and specializes in documentary photography. Over the next year, David will be teaching photography classes to LIFESPAN staff and individuals across the state in hope of capturing many candid moments through the lens of the camera from Alamance to Haywood counties. I plan to provide progress updates via the LIFESPAN blog about the book project and possibly include a few “sneak previews” along the way. I hope you are as excited about the book project as we are at LIFESPAN. The possibilities are endless…including book sales, traveling exhibits, and book signings. This will be a great way to share the stories of those we support in a new way – one that will have an everlasting effect on our mission, our stakeholders and most importantly, the individuals we support across the state. Stay tuned… Lori Avery Senior Director of Development