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Favorite DDI Memory Shared by Alicia Laquidara


What is your favorite DDI memory

DDI is thrilled we are in our 60th Anniversary year! We are proud of our historic start in 1961 by a small group of parents determined to find a better way to address the special education and therapeutic needs of their children. They came together to form The Suffolk Center for Emotionally Disturbed Children. These original parents chipped in for the teachers’ payroll, they offered classes in their own basements, they held board meetings in their living rooms! It was an exciting time!

Over the years, the program evolved and enrollment grew. Six decades later, DDI has emerged as a leader in our field while remaining deeply connected to our roots.

We have embarked on a project to collect as many memories as we can from the past six decades, and we are excited to share them with you.

Please enjoy the memory sent in by:

Alicia Laquidara

"My favorite DDI memory is when I was able to go visit in the classroom and be a part of my son Frankie’s class experience."
If you have a memory you would like to share, we are compiling memories digitally here:

If you are not the digital type, you can mail any memories to: 99 Hollywood Drive, Smithtown, NY, 11787. Attn: Communications Department.