Annual Awareness Day

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The third annual Day of Awareness Conference for Developmental Disabilities on the East End will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chancellors Hall at Stony Brook Southampton. The day will be held in honor of Abby Irwin, a tireless advocate for the disabled on the East End.

The event is expected to gather expert psychiatrists, psychologists, attorneys, advocates, educators and service providers as well as families, elected officials and professionals to share information in the field of autism and developmental disabilities. Experts will offer guidance on services, accessing programs and negotiating systems. In addition, the East End Players, a theater group featuring cast members with developmental disabilities, will perform their original theatrical production of “You are a Petunia in My Garden.”

Conference sponsors include East End Disability Associates, New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, The Cody Center, Child Development Center of the Hamptons, The Long Island Parent Center, The Department of Human Services of the Towns of Southampton and East Hampton. Breakfast and a light lunch, donated by the Town of Southampton, will be served.

Spanish translation services will be provided and American sign language interpreters will be present. Free transportation is available to residents of Southampton and East Hampton. Registration is required at www.eed-a.org.

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