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Long Island nonprofit offers programs to help kids, adults with autism, developmental disabilities

DDI is an organization with a team of people who help children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

News 12 Staff

Jun 9, 2023, 2:33 AM

Updated 379 days ago

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A Long Island nonprofit offers a program aimed at helping kids and adults with autism.
DDI is an organization with a team of people who help children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. There's lots of activities offered, including horticulture, golf and other sports that some participants really excel at.
"I've been here close to 22 years and that's why I've been here so long, just gives me a sense of pride working with the guys and seeing how much they accomplish," says recreational coordinator Steve Gagas.
DDI also has a program that allows participants to create a newscast.
"It's a great way for them to hone their communication skills, their social skills, their speech skills," says Kim Kubasek, the CEO of DDI. "It's an internal news program and everybody just looks forward to the day that a new episode drops."
The newscast doesn't provide viewers with news about their community. Instead, it helps with the self-esteem.


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