DDI offers a variety of respite services for families of children with developmental disabilities.  Respite can be provided in a variety of settings and allows caregivers the opportunity to have some time to rest or accomplish tasks while receiving support from a provider who has received training in working with individuals with developmental disabilities. 
This service is funded through the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and comes at no charge to the family.  


Project S.O.A.R.

Skill Building Opportunities and Recreation


The goal of Project S.O.A.R. is to provide students with the opportunity to enhance leisure and recreational skills, maximize relationships with their peers and to provide the necessary supports for families to help our children “SOAR” to their own individual highest potential at home and within their community.


Project S.O.A.R. is a multi-dimensional, 52-week program that offers the following programs for eligible families:


*Our Center-based Weekend respite and recreation program is offered Saturdays from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM located at our Airpark Drive campus in Ronkonkoma.


*School Vacation Services ~ “Camp SOAR” ~  Provided during  December, July & August school breaks at our Ronkonkoma campus


*In Home Respite ~ Recreational services provided within the child’s home


*Quarterly Family Reimbursement ~ Funds provided to our families for at home respite services


All services are offered to students who meet eligibility requirements and approval through OPWDD (the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities), which is the New York State office that provides funding for services for individuals with developmental disabilities.)


Our staff receive initial and ongoing training to provide the highest quality of life support for the children, adolescents and adults we serve.


For more information, please contact:
 (631) 580-4011


Children's Day Program


Children’s Day Program currently provides an OPWDD approved Respite program and is center based at the Huntington and Smithtown school sites.  Students participate in a variety of structured and enjoyable activities in this program, while we encourage communication and social skills generalization.   Behavior Support Plans are applied in the Respite setting so there is continuity of behavioral support between school and respite.


For more information please contact:
 Megan McCoy, Respite Behavior Specialist - (631) 366-2902