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Upcoming Events

Oct 19

Bridging the Gaps

Time: 8:30 AM – 2 PM
Location: NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine Kenneth Riland Auditorium Northern Boulevard Old Westbury, NY 11568
Oct 20

Spooky Movie Day

Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
Location: Sandra and David S. Mack Student Center Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 11549
Oct 21

Kulanu Sunday Club

Time: 9 AM – 12 PM
Location: Kulanu Center for Special Services 620 Cetnral Avenue, Cedarhurst

Community Partners

Today, DDI is a dynamic, non-profit, multi-site agency, each day serving hundreds of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, providing educational, residential, habilitative, vocational, transportation, and service coordination support to the Long Island community.
College/University Affiliations
St. Joseph’s College
Hofstra University
Long Island University
Adelphi University
Stony Brook University
St. John’s University
Suffolk Community College
State University of New York at Old Westbury
New York Institute of Technology
Corporate Affiliations
Better Business Bureau
United Way
Long Island Association
Provider Associations
Long Island Select Healthcare
Interagency Council of Development Disabilities Agencies, Inc.
Alliance of Long Island Agencies
The Center for Discovery
Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State
Upstate Cerebral Palsy
Coalition of Provider Associations
Advance Care Alliance
Employers of the People we Support
Bj's Wholesale Club
Brentwood Library
Trader Joes
Best Market
Stop & Shop
Maywood Elementary
Gurwin Nursing home
Long Island DDRO
South Shore's Children Center
Developmental Disabilities Institute
TJ Maxx
Nick & Gina’s Pizzeria
Loews AMC Theatre
Some Guys Car Wash
East End Disabilities
Blink Fitness Gym
Herbie's Crumb Cakes
Blue Duck Bakery
Key Food
Port Jeff Bowling
Coram Bowling
Long Island Ducks Stadium
Apple Bees
Main Event Farmingdale
Port Jefferson Ambulance
South Shore Home Health
Wee Luv Em Day Care
Tor Comics
Vets Choice
Enterprise Inquiries
John Stanley Office Equipment
Bed Bath & Beyond
Whitman Food Service East Islip High School
CNA Cleaning Supplies
Garage Eatery
VE Power Door
Financial Center
Elwood Cinemas
Dave & Busters
Big Lots
Nature’s Bounty
Abra Kadata
Freeport Village clerk
Riverhead library
Contract Pharmacal


Meet our Board of Directors and Senior Leaders.
                    OUR LEADERSHIP                     

John Lessard

Executive Director

(631) 366-2950


Kim M. Kubasek

Associate Executive Director

(631) 366-2965


Sophia Samuel

Chief Financial Officer

(631) 366-2960


Erin Davies

Chief Human Resources Officer

(631) 366-2907


Andrew Brathwaite

Director of Transportation

 (631) 360-4729


Linda Eisman-Cadel

Director of

Children's Residential Program

(631) 366-2954


Adam Gordon

Director of Corporate Compliance

(631) 366-2921


Kevin Gray

Director of Building Services

(631) 366-2903


Linda Hobbs

Director of

Early Childhood Services

(631) 266-4418


Julia Hochman

Director of Information Technology

(631) 366-2970


Mary Hoffman

Director of Children's Day Program

(631) 366-2916


 Jeff MacQuarrie

Director of Quality Assurance

(631) 366-2940


Sherry McKeown

Administrative Director of

Adult Day Services

(631) 360-4615


Kim Mudano

Director of

Adult Residential Services

(631) 360-4639


Laura Ollett

Director of

Adult Residential Services

Phone: (631) 360-4690


Christine Ponzio

Director of Communications

(631) 366-2909


Christine Racca

Director of the Center for Autism

(631) 580-4004


Dan Rowland

Director of Development

(631) 366-2905



               BOARD OF DIRECTORS               

Philip Veneziano, CPA

Chairperson of DDI Board


Larry W. Boone, Ph.D.

Vice Chairperson of DDI Board


Peter Pierri

Treasurer of DDI Board


John Werner, Ph.D.

Secretary of DDI Board


Rocco J. Cirigliano, CPA


Edward J. Youngling


Michael D’Alauro, CPA


Pamela Frank


James Fogarty, Ed.D 

Patrick McCormick, Esq.


Linda Namias


Joseph Napolitano


Joseph W. Schmidt


Russell Snaith


Victoria Shoaf


John Porta


                 FOUNDATION BOARD                 

Stephen Wangel



Robert N. Rosen, CPA

Vice President


Michael D’Alauro, CPA



Peter Chase



Rocco Cirigliano, CPA


Daniel Dessanti


Sean Finn


Richard Harder, CPA


John Lessard


Kevin Long


Don McAulay


Lynn McAulay


Nick Racanelli


Denise Rogers


Ron Rugolo


Rocco Sabino, CPA


Joseph Schmidt


Russell Snaith


William Torrey


Jason Van Vechten


Phil Veneziano, CPA

Strategic Plan

Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) has been assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families on Long Island for more than 50 years.
During that time, we have evolved and grown, serving larger numbers of people and expanding the types of supports and services we provide.
Our evolution has always been focused on delivering on our mission to help children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities experience growth and fulfillment.

Why DDI?

Our son, Tommy, has autism. It is a challenge in life that is monumental; not only for the child, but for his family.

There are mountains that must be climbed, and canyons crossed. Our family has been so lucky to have so many wonderful people in our corner as we have faced this arduous journey. Tommy has been a student at DDI since he was four and a half years old. My husband and I entrust our son to the care of these wonderful professionals, and I have no doubt that they strive for excellence. Our son, Tommy, has autism. That has been very hard to say, but DDI has made our journey a little easier to travel. ~Elizabeth Klonowski