What is a Residential School?residentialschool

Our education program is governed by New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the residential program is governed by Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).  We serve students ages 5-21.  The Residential School was designed to provide twenty four hour intensive education and training to children with developmental disabilities in New York State. Students’ plans are developed by a clinical team of professionals to increase levels of independence in the areas such as self care, independent living, life safety, communication, academic and vocational skills. It is our objective that upon graduation from our program, the student would be living a fulfilling life working and residing in a community setting with the least amount of support possible. All of our teaching practices stem from the replication of the documented research and principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports.  Aligning our program with these principles requires that data are collected as evidence and support of curriculum and procedures used. 


How do I know if my child needs a Residential School?

Students who require 24 hour programming in order to make progress may be potential candates for a Residential School.  Students who are at risk for or who are served in out of state placements are also potential candidates.   Students must have an educational classification of Autism, Multiple Disabilities or Intellectual Disabilities.  Every individual must meet OPWDD eligibility requirements. 


How do I refer my child to the Residential School? 

The parent and school district agree on the need for a 24 hour placement for the student at a CSE meeting.  Then the district sends out referral packets to residential programs.  The Children's Residential Program (CRP) at DDI receives the packet, which is disseminated to representatives from both CRP and Children’s Day program (CDP) to review.  The joint Residential School admission/discharge screening committee reviews the following documents, which should be included in the packet:  Current Individualized Education Program (IEP), Progress reports, Psychological Evaluation, Behavior Support Plan, Functional Behavior Analysis, Social History, Medical Examination, immunizations, Speech/OT/PT or other reports as applicable.  At times additional information may be need to be obtained ex; medical/behavioral reports.  If the information reviewed indicates the student may be an appropriate candidate for DDI, the student and his/her parents are invited to come to DDI for a screening meeting.


If you require further information and assistance in making a referral, DDI can guide you through the referral process.


     Children’s Residential Program Social Worker:  Nicole Coppack, LMSW – 631-366-2969