Spectrum for Living is a non-profit organization dedicated to the philosophy that persons with developmental disabilities have the same rights as others to a fulfilling and meaningful life. Our programs and services support dignity, independence and encourage each person to reach their personal potential.
In 1978, a small group of concerned parents from Bergen County, NJ gathered together to discuss a common concern. Each had a child with a developmental disability who had grown to adulthood. They shared a common fear: who would care for their children when they could no longer do so? From this concern, Spectrum for Living was born and the dream of our founding parents Alexander Gallione, Rena Kamena, Adele Guttenberg, Edna Melosh and Annette Levy was realized.
From the beginning Spectrum was guided by one principle, that people with developmental disabilities have the same right as anyone else to experience a fulfilling and meaningful life. At Spectrum, people with disabilities are respected as individuals and given the freedom, responsibility and opportunity to face and meet life’s challenges. Spectrum for Living provides the physical and emotional support that every individual needs to achieve their full potential.
In 1983, the first Spectrum site opened its doors in Closter, NJ housing 48 persons in an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF). Today, Spectrum for Living operates 29 sites in four NJ counties serving upwards of 800 people. In addition to our pioneering ICF our organization offers group home living, supervised apartments, and a network of adult training centers that offer educational and recreational opportunities in a safe, secure and fully accessible environment.
Mission and Values
To enable individuals who have developmental and/or physical disabilities to have the opportunity to attain their highest level of skills, purpose and independence with dignity through an ongoing commitment to comprehensive quality services, advocacy and family partnership.