DDI held its annual Rockin’ for Autism concert. Nearly 500 Long Islanders packed Mulcahy’s Pub and Music Hall in Wantagh to raise over $30,000 for DDI.
“Despite the economic climate we all face today, it is heartwarming to witness the generosity of the numerous volunteers and the nearly 500 attendees who have lent themselves to help benefit the more than 1,500 adults and children who receive services daily through DDI’s many programs,” said Jim Cronin, Chairman of the event and a member of the DDI Foundation Board. “A special thanks to our Event Music Director, Steve Alliano, and the talented musicians who donated their services and talents to make the day a true success.”
For a $30.00 donation guests enjoyed the sounds of live music with an all-star lineup of legendary Long Island bands including 1 Step Ahead, The Cold Spring Harbor Band paying tribute to Billy Joel, Just Cause and Dr. G’s All Star Veteran Band. Gift baskets, raffles, food and live music were enjoyed by all into the late evening.
“It is truly remarkable to see so many people come together to help those challenged with a disability,” stated John Lessard, Executive Director of DDI. “Each year Jim Cronin dedicates so much of his time to putting together this wonderful event to help support the vital programs that DDI has to benefit Long Islanders with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jim’s dedication to DDI is incredible and admirable.”
All DDI schools (including the Young Autism Program, Starting Early Program and Children’s Day Program), all Adult Day programs, all Opti Healthcare centers and Central Administration at Hollywood Drive will be open as usual on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
DDI extends its thanks to Commissioner Courtney Burke for speaking with parents of children and adults with developmental disabilities this past January 10th. We would also like to thank the many parents who attended this event, and their heartfelt testimony about the lives of their children with disabilities and the need for expanded supports to serve their needs.
We would urge all parents to attend an upcoming Legislative Brunch, being hosted by L.I. CITIZENS TASK FORCE ON AGING OUT on February 8, 2013. As the Commissioner stated at our past event, legislators need to hear from our parents about the need for increased services as they deliberate the upcoming New York State Budget. It is important for our legislators to know that the waiting list for residential housing for our children and adults is growing every day, with little of no budgetary support to create new housing opportunities. Please attend this important event to make your voice heard.”
“Family Night” with OPWDD’s Commissioner Courtney Burke
Thursday Evening, January 10, 2013 6:00-8:00 PM
Suffolk Community College – Michael J. Grant Campus
Health, Sports and Education Center
In response to deep concerns expressed by many DDI’s families we have arranged for OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke to come to our area, to listen and to respond. It is the feeling of many that the People First Waiver discussion, as well as recent or planned changes to service delivery by OPWDD will not adequately provide for the exceptional and very complex needs of their loved ones.
Families from other organizations serving people with developmental disabilities who have similar concerns will also be invited to participate in this special evening.
To reserve your seat, please call Ellen Holmes at (631) 366-2978. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis.
If you would like an opportunity to speak, or if you have questions about the event, please contact Mr. Dan Rowland at (631) 366-2905.
Since the purpose of this specially arranged event is intended to focus on the subject described above, it is important that speakers address only their concerns about OPWDD’S proposed services and the People First Waiver.