Surfers Healing

A one day surf camp where children with Autism can experience surfing. For more information or to register, visit the Surfers Healing website.

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September 12, 2014 at Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk

John V. Beltrani Memorial Golf Classic

Come join us for 18 holes of Golf for a great cause. Supporters have the opportunity to participate as a player, sponsor or dinner attendee.

2015 information to come! CLICK HERE to view the 2014 event video


Self Directed Legal Guardianship Workshop 

This workshop is designed to assist prospective guardians in completing line by line the application for 17-A Guardianship for the New York State Surrogate Court

WORKSHOP OVER - please check back periodically for next workshop.        

Wait No More Survey from the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and the Disability Opportunity Fund 

The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University is working with the Disability Opportunity Fund to uncover gaps and identify creative solutions for housing and related services for people with disabilities and their families living on Long Island.  

In an effort to explore both the gaps, as well as potential solutions, they are conducting a population-based survey to assess need and demand, and to give all consumers an opportunity to have their voice heard.

Their goal is to use the data from the Wait No More Survey to spark creative collaborations among policymakers, providers, developers and funders to find a range of safe, affordable, accessible, preferable and sustainable housing options for this underserved, at-risk population.his informational session is designed to provide information about OPWDD's new FRONT DOOR Initiative. This is a great opportunity for families on the East End to learn how to access services for their loved ones. Terri Finnegan, Sylvia Cooper and other OPWDD Family Support Services staff will be conducting this important workshop.

CLICK HERE to take the survey

Annual Picnic

All staff, program participants and their families have a BBQ picnic with music, games, etc.

2015 information to come!

Annual Gala 

EEDA's Annual Gala Celebration: Do You Want to Dance? will be an evening of dinner, dancing and a special performance by our honoree CJ Ramone, parent-advocate for people with developmental disabilities and member of the seminal punk band The Ramones!

Friday, March 6th at 6 o'clock in the evening
118 East Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901


LIDDSO - Information for Parents and Professionals 2013

A two hour overview introduces families and professionals to the types of supports and services available. Topics include: Eligibility, Family Support Services, Medicaid Service Coordination, Home and Community Based Waiver, Employment Services, Residential Services (including Family Care), Medicaid, SSI and Self Determination.


NYS Partner in Policymaking Accepting New Member Applications

The NYS Partners in Policymaking program is an innovative leadership training opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.  During an eight month course, participants gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to make changes in policy, perception, and treatment of individuals with disabilities. Upon completion of the program, participants join a graduate network.  The 2013 NYS Partners program is offered as a series of interactive modules and webinars, with one state-wide and one regional meeting.   The program focuses on including self-advocates and individuals from diverse backgrounds, and on developing participant’s familiarity with technology and on-line communication tools for advocacy.

For an informational overview of the Partners in Policymaking program, visit:  
To fill out an online application, visit: and fill out the online application.


Planning Ahead: What You Need to Know Now

EEDA presented a series of free hands-on workshops for caregivers, professionals and individuals with developmental disabilities to assist them in planning for the future. Click on the links below to see some of the conference materials.

Planning Ahead: What You Need to Know Now, Lisa Meyer Fertal, CEO
Informed Consent vs. Guardianship, Regina Brandow, Esq
Residential Services, Sonia Hill and Chris Zarella, Residential Services

Spotlight on Talent

All staff, program participants and their families are invited to showcase their talents.
Moose Lodge, Riverhead, NY

Fall 2013 

Winter Formal

EEDA participants have the opportunity to "Rock the Night Away" at this formal dinner dance. EEDA's Inaugural Winter Formal was held February 2010.

2013 Date TBD

Team Spirit Award (twice per year)

The residences have the opportunity to compete to win a prize for achievement in various categories of individual care, maintenance of the home, activities, support of consumers and working as a team. 

Current Team Spirit Recipients: 8 Bells IRA