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DDI Named Finalist in 11th Annual LI Imagine Awards

SMITHTOWN, NY — February 16, 2023 —  Smithtown, NY-based Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), a nonprofit that provides special education and therapeutic intervention services for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, was named a finalist in the Innovation Award category in the 11th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards.

The Long Island Imagine Awards were created to formally acknowledge some of Long Island’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. Having transitioned to virtual platforms for the past two years due to the pandemic, the Long Island Imagine Awards is pleased to celebrate its 11th Annual event in person and offer a hybrid feature. 

Winners will be announced live at the awards gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Tuesday, April 25, 2023. The highly anticipated event will draw nominated organizations, their constituents, and leaders from the Long Island business community.  

More than 190 nonprofit applications were submitted for consideration in six categories: Arts & Culture, Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star, Social Impact, and NEW for 2023 - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). DDI is one of four finalists in the Innovation Award category.

“DDI is thrilled to be a finalist among so many worthy Long Island organizations,” said Kim M. Kubasek, CEO of DDI. “It is an honor to be considered for this prestigious award, which validates the dedication, hard work and innovation that our team members bring to helping better the lives of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Finalists were chosen by Long Island business professionals during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards’ Distinguished Judging Panel will select the Imagine Awards winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“Being named a Finalist in The Long Island Imagine Awards is an important achievement,” said Ken Cerini, Founder of the Long Island Imagine Awards. “It means that the organization has been identified as a leader on Long Island, exhibiting impactful and innovative operations. Congratulations to all of the finalists on their achievement.”

Details about the Long Island Imagine Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at https://imagineawardsli.com/the-awards/.

About The Imagine Awards

The Imagine Awards was created in 2012 on Long Island by Ken Cerini, Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP. Honoring nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Imagine Awards recognize outstanding performance in the sector. 2023 will mark the 11th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards, https://imagineawardsli.com, and the 3rd Annual event in NYC,  https://NYCimagineawards.com.

About Developmental Disabilities Institute
For more than 60 years, Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) has provided compassionate personal care to meet the emotional, educational, therapeutic, and vocational needs of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Founded by parents of children with developmental disabilities, DDI has grown into a dynamic, nonprofit, multi-site agency serving more than 1600 children and adults in our care each day. DDI recognizes that each person in our care has unique needs and deserves every opportunity to live a rich and meaningful life. Over six decades, we have built a strong reputation for providing exceptional services for all people in our programs, and in particular, those who present with the most complex needs. With a workforce made up of people inspired by purpose®, DDI provides the highest standards of individualized services from expertly trained, caring, and competent staff. For more information, visit www.ddiny.org.

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Media Contact for DDI:
Don Miller
West End Strategies, Ltd.
[email protected]

Media Contact for Long Island Imagine Awards:
Hillary Needle
Hillary Needle Events Inc.
[email protected]