DDI offers a variety of respite services for families of children with developmental disabilities.  Respite can be provided in a variety of settings and allows caregivers the opportunity to have some time to rest or accomplish tasks while receiving support from a provider who has received training in working with individuals with developmental disabilities. 
This service is funded through the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and comes at no charge to the family.  


Project S.O.A.R.

Skill Building Opportunities and Recreation


The goal of Project S.O.A.R. is to provide students with the opportunity to enhance leisure and recreational skills, maximize relationships with their peers and to provide the necessary supports for families to help our children “SOAR” to their own individual highest potential at home and within their community.


Project S.O.A.R. is a multi-dimensional, 52-week program that offers the following programs for eligible families:


*Our Center-based Weekend respite and recreation program is offered Saturdays from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM located at our Airpark Drive campus in Ronkonkoma.


*School Vacation Services ~ “Camp SOAR” ~  Provided during  December, July & August school breaks at our Ronkonkoma campus


*In Home Respite ~ Recreational services provided within the child’s home


*Quarterly Family Reimbursement ~ Funds provided to our families for at home respite services


All services are offered to students who meet eligibility requirements and approval through OPWDD (the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities), which is the New York State office that provides funding for services for individuals with developmental disabilities.)


Our staff receive initial and ongoing training to provide the highest quality of life support for the children, adolescents and adults we serve.


For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Swenning - (631) 580-4007


Children's Day Program


Children’s Day Program currently provides After School Services in two ways.  There is an OPWDD approved Respite program and is primarily center based, although it offers opportunities for students to participate in local community outings. The goal of these trips is provide our students with opportunities to make small purchases, order a meal, engage appropriately in leisure activities with peers and locate items off of a shopping list.


There is also a Family Options program, which provides a fee based option for families who would like their child to have a structured recreation program on selected Saturdays and days during vacation weeks. Please see our Family Options flyer on this website.


Students in both After School Program models  have opportunities to participate in a variety of activities in the school setting such as small group games, arts and crafts projects, sports and exercise activities as well as providing the students with learning opportunities in the area of daily living skills.  We continue implementing their behavior support plans and encourage communication and socialization opportunities.


The emphasis of this program is to apply skills in communication, socialization, recreation and leisure and activities in daily living. 
For more information please contact:
 Megan McCoy, Unit Manager - (631) 366-2902