By Jill Webb
Out of the 366,574 children residing in Suffolk Country, 2,445 of those children live with autism, according to a report in a three-point plan put out by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) to address the disorder.
In an effort to give support to the intellectual and developmental disabilities community, several residents of Suffolk County have increased outreach in their areas.
Kids get their kicks
Rocky Point’s boys varsity soccer coach Joe Camarda, along with the girl’s coach, Pete Costa, created an opportunity for mentally and physically disabled kids to become athletes when they started Rocky Point’s TOPSoccer league in 2016.
Summer Netburn races around the soccer field in Rocky Point TOPSoccer. File photo by Desiree Keegan
Camarda and Costa, as teachers in district, understood the need for families to have special needs programs in their backyard, instead of having to search Long Island.