One day before a rally last week in Hauppauge, Debbie Woodley, a senior direct support professional for East End Disability Associates’ creative arts program in Riverhead, took a client by the hand and slowly helped her trace out the wording on a sign: “Respect the needs of the developmentally disabled and the DSPs who care for them!!!”
The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall was filled to capacity Saturday morning and it wasn’t for a famous musician or performer.
It was East End Disability Associates’ second annual Holiday Show, put on by their Creative Arts Program. (more…)
“The parents are always in tears,” said Matthew Kuriloff, the 35-year-old coordinator of East End Disability Associates’ Community Arts Program. The downtown Riverhead nonprofit launched its theater and arts program in January 2013 — and its latest production, which premiered April 25 at Bellport’s Gateway Playhouse, provided much to provoke tears of joy. (more…)