Golisano Intellectual & Developmental Disability Initiative

Golisano Intellectual & Developmental Disability Initiative (GIDDI) 

A regional conveyor of supports and services related to improving the
lives of people with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).


To serve as a regional conveyor of supports and services related to improving the lives of people with Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) through networking, collaboration, and partnerships with existing service providers in our region.

Southwest Florida will be a rich environment for those in the intellectual and developmental disability  community to live and thrive.

Introduction to GIDDI

The Golisano Intellectual and Developmental Disability Initiative (GIDDI) was established at FGCU though funding by the Golisano Foundation. It was created to increase communication among Southwest Florida agencies serving intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals of all ages, and identify gaps and needs for supports and services for this population. Once these gaps and needs are identified, GIDDI will partner with area organizations to assist in building programing, services and infrastructure to improve the quality and amount of services and supports that can be accessed by those in need. GIDDI also will work to connect FGCU faculty, students and staff with the area community to build a workforce possessing improved skills and awareness for the unique needs of those with IDD.

Have Questions?

GIDDI is in the early stages of building our network of partners and cataloging the resources available to our stakeholders to carry out our mission. Therefore, this page currently serves as an introduction and a way for us to connect with you. This site will continue to evolve and develop as a convenient source of vital information for the community we serve so please continue to visit for your future benefit. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our program director for more information about GIDDI, ways to support our cause, or inquire about any services that relate to you or your family’s needs.


Ellen Kroog Donald, PhD, PT

Program Director, GIDDI

Marieb Hall
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965

 (239) 590-7531

Business Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm