DDI offers a full complement of programs for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), including educational, adult day, residential and medical autism services; as well as Medicaid Service Coordination. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality learning and habilitative environment for each individual we support. To this end, DDI ensures that all of its programs use evidenced-based teaching strategies and clinical interventions & treatments. Evidence-based means that there is documented peer-reviewed research supporting the effectiveness of a practice.
Currently, the primary evidenced-based approach for treating the learning and behavioral challenges associated with ASDs is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA, which has been endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health, is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior (Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968; Sulzer-Azaroff & Mayer, 1991).