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School Age 5-21 Years » Respite


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DDI offers a variety of respite services for families of children with developmental disabilities.  Services are available to students who meet eligibility requirements and approval through the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)


Early Childhood Services

The Skill-Building Opportunities and Recreation Project (Project SOAR) provides children with the opportunity to enhance leisure and recreational skills, maximize relationships with their peers, and achieve their highest potential at home and within their community. Services include:

Weekend Respite

Offered Saturdays at our Ronkonkoma Campus.


Provided during scheduled school closures at our Ronkonkoma Campus.

In-Home Respite

Provided by instructors coming into the home setting.

Family Reimbursement

Provides families with the flexibility to identify providers and be reimbursed for payment to them.

For more information, please contact:
Lisa Levanti, Administrative Assistant 
(631) 580-4011

Children's Day Program Respite

The Children’s Day Program currently provides an OPWDD-approved respite program and is center-based at the Huntington and Smithtown Campuses.  Students participate in a variety of structured, enjoyable activities in this program, while we encourage communication and social skills generalization.   

Behavior Support Plans are applied in the respite setting to ensure there is continuity of behavioral support between school and respite programs.

For more information, please contact: 
Megan McCoy, Transition and Vocational Coordinator
(631) 366-2902