On Tuesday, November 28th people from around the world will come together for one common purpose: to share in the communal spirit of giving back by participating in #GivingTuesday. This one-day giving event encourages supporters to go beyond the commercialism of the holiday season and instead to invest in their favorite charity or non-profit.
Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), the leading service provider for children and adults with autism on Long Island, will be taking part in #GivingTuesday. The safety of the children in our special education schools is among our highest priorities. Unlike public schools, our children are more vulnerable than most, because we educate children with severe autism and other forms of childhood developmental disability. Therefore, DDI is dedicated to facilities that will afford our children, as well as our staff and visitors, the best possible protection from unwanted intruders capable of doing them harm.
DDI relies 100% upon New York State funding to support the cost of educating our children, but no portion of that funding is directed to ensuring the safe environments. The money for safety must come from donors who care about the safety of children in schools, especially children like ours.
DDI wants to upgrade our ability to “Lockdown” our school buildings as a safety measure against unwanted intruders. We will do this with enhanced door hardware to safeguard our classrooms and other student areas. We want to replace the hardware on 200 classroom and other school doors. The cost of the door hardware we have selected is $265 per unit. We will also need to replace 60 classroom doors in order to accommodate the new hardware. The total cost of the hardware, doors and labor will total $107,900.
Help DDI kick off the giving season and give back this year on
Tuesday, November 28th.