Family & Friends Newsletter

"A Day in the Life"


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DDI Welcomes Special Guest
Chris Suriano, New York State Assistant Commissioner of Special Education, visits the Early Childhood Program and Children’s Day Program at the Huntington Campus.
Student Makes a Difference, One Stitch at a Time
Our superstar knitter makes handmade hats for the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.
Nature’s Bounty Foundation Invests in Healthy Habits for Individuals with Autism
2017 A Look Back at an Eventful Year
As we enter the New Year, we want to take the opportunity to look back on some of the many exciting and wonderful happenings that have occurred over 2017. Enjoy our year in review!
DDI Annual Stars Gala Hits Records
DDI hosted its most successful annual Stars Gala and Auction
A Child's Journey
Watch as a parent talks about the road we share as children journey through DDI.
DDI’s CRP Designated as a Center of Excellence
DDI’s Children’s Residential Program (CRP) is playing a key role in setting new standards for the care of children in residential settings across the State. DDI’s CRP is one of three programs in New York officially designated as a Center of Excellence for children with complex disabilities. The press release from the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) describes some of the goals of this grant.
“For Millions, Life Without Medicaid Services Is No Option”
DDI Announces Exciting News
YAP and SEP are coming together under one umbrella of Early Childhood Services that will include an Early Childhood Center for Autism. 
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The DDI Foundation respects the privacy of our donors. We maintain the following policies to
assure our donors that their personal information will be protected and will not be shared with
any third party.
Information Collection
DDI collects, uses, and maintains the following information from donors:
Contact Information: information name, company name, job title, complete address(es),
telephone number(s), email address(es), family and school system relationships (if applicable)
Donations Information: check numbers, credit card number and expiration date, amount
donated, donor comments and suggestions, and giving history.
All credit card information is entered online through a secure page, sent to DDI and processed by
our staff. Once an online donation is submitted secure measures are in place to ensure that a
donor’s credit card information is not compromised.
Information Use
DDI will not sell, rent, or lease donor information to other organizations.
DDI will use donor information in the following ways:
 Help donors complete transactions
 Thank donors for their gifts
 Update donors about organizational activity
 Recognize donors
 Distribute gift receipts or statements
 Inform donors about upcoming events and fundraisers
 Analyze internal productivity and effectiveness
 Report to relevant federal and state agencies
 Contact donors about changes to this statement
As part of our donor recognition efforts, DDI may publicize donor names through its annual
report, newsletters, website, and promotional materials (in the case of sponsorships). Generally,
the specific gift amount will not be identified, but the donor will be recognized under the level of
giving category that is appropriate to their donation. Donors always have the option of remaining
“anonymous” when making a donation and will not be publicly recognized.
Access to Information
All access to donor information is strictly limited to DDI personnel who need to process data. No
unnecessary person, group or organization will be allowed to access such data. Board members

may be given information on the names of donors, donor history and the amount of gifts if
needed to fulfill their responsibilities as directors of the organization. All board members and
staff are required to maintain the confidentiality of donor information.
Opting Out of Mailings and Solicitations
DDI contacts donors through direct mail, e-mail, and telephone. Any donor may request that the
Foundation remove them from the DDI mailing list and/or specify the method of contact.
Contact Us
If you have questions or comments about our donor privacy policy, please contact Ellen Holmes
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