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Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), the leading service provider for children and adults with autism on Long Island, hosted its 22nd Annual Golf Classic at two of the North Shore's most prestigious courses, the Pine Hollow Country Club and the Woodside Acres Country Club on Monday, June 11th. The post-golf reception took place at the Pine Hollow Country Club where golfers enjoyed a gourmet cocktail reception and dinner spread followed by the awards presentation and live auction.


Thanks to a dedicated committee led by Nick Racanelli and Joseph Schmidt of Carter, De Luca and Schmidt, LLP, the annual Golf Classic was a success.  Both courses and the post-golf reception was filled with hundreds of men and women from across Long Island who share a common commitment to raising money and awareness for Autism.  Former New York Mets and Yankee star Darryl Strawberry took part in the action to raise money for the worthy cause.


Autism is the most common condition in a group of developmental disorders known as the autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and is typically diagnosed before the age of three. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the alarming rate of autism is 1 in every 110 births and a child is diagnosed on the spectrum.  ASDs occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and are four times more likely to occur in boys than in girls.  When autism is detected earlier and appropriate intervention is taken, children with ASD can become more functional and learn to adapt to the world around them.  No matter the age of the diagnosis, children and adults with ASD are constant learners and significant improvements can be made at any age.


DDI announces with sadness, the passing of Marjorie Dyche Ciavarella, beloved mother of DDI Board Member Francesca Kerimian on Sunday, May 20, 2012. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations may be made to DDI, to the Marjorie Dyche Ciavarella Memorial Fund.

To contribute on-line click here


DDI was chosen by Governor Cuomo's staff to host a presentation on new legislation being proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to enhance protections given to people with disabilities. The Governor was represented by the Commissioner of Mental Health, Michael Hogan.