ThinkDIFFERENTLY is a call to action, established in 2015 by former County Executive Marc Molinaro, to create a supportive and welcoming environment for those living with special needs.   We have been inspired by the community response! This website is designed to be a starting point to find the services and connections you and your family need.

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY EVENTS

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 & Thursday, March 14, 2024

Think Ahead Information Session for Prospective Students and Families

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Think Ahead | Dutchess Community College

 

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Community Calendar ( List View )

  • Zoom Training: I Wish I Had Known This Sooner April 16, 2024  9:30 am - 12:30 pm Zoom

    Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC) | Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC)


    Understanding your Child’s Rights & Responsibilities under Special Education Law

    Family Empowerment Advocacy Series

    Choose either
    Morning Session: 9:30am - 12:30pm
    Evening Session:  6:00pm - 9:00pm

    To register, please click HERE or contact Denise Green at dgreen@putnamils.org 845- 228-7457.


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Community Calendar ( Monthly View )

April 2024

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  • Celebrating Autism Through Art - Putnam County
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  • Environmental Modification & Adaptive Tech
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  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
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  • Zoom Training: I Wish I Had Known This Sooner
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  • DCC Career Fair
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  • Staff Assistant Experience Weekend Connection
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  • Staff Assistant Experience Weekend Connection
  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
  • 3rd Annual Dutchess County YOUR Health Fair
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  • Staff Assistant Experience Weekend Connection
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  • Zoom Training: I Wish I Had Known This Sooner
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  • Taconic Resources for Independence- SSI & SSDI While Working Virtual Workshop
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  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
  • Dutchess County Earth Day Event
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  • Psychological First Aid Training
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  • ADS Walk for Autism
  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
  • PK 5K: 5K Run/Walk to Support Wellness
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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Moments

Inspired Thinkers

ThinkDIFFERENTLY Moments highlight the great work happening in our community.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Flourishing Farmers 4H event held 4/2/2023

“Thank you both for such a wonderful event today.  I love that you have made it possible for children of [ …Read More ]

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Dutchess County ThinkDIFFERENTLY visits Fit & Fun Playscapes, LLC

Dana Hopkins and Mara Santiago of Dutchess County ThinkDIFFERENTLY visited Fit & Fun Playscapes, LLC to learn more about their [ …Read More ]

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Spectrum News: Differently abled people find support with ThinkDIFFERENTLY

In December, Spectrum News interviewed Dana Hopkins, All Abilities Program Director for Dutchess County at the 6th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Conference held at the [ …Read More ]

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Eagle Scout Project

Ryan Lugo, a John Jay High School student, recently completed his Eagle scout project! Ryan planted a garden and built [ …Read More ]

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100 Cups of Coffee

Chief of Police, Thomas Pape attended Dutchess County’s 100 Cups of Coffee at Taconic Resources for Independence and was inspired [ …Read More ]

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Verplanck Garden Club

Verplanck Garden Club at Stony Kill Farm’s Environmental and Education Center in Wappingers Falls, NY have been maintaining the Special [ …Read More ]

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Dr.  Joseph Bonanno receives award.

Dr Joseph Bonanno the Medical Director for both OPWDD Taconic Region and Arc of Dutchess was honored for his outstanding [ …Read More ]

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Coach Vincent and Jonathan “Superman” Brunot

Coach Vincent Del-Cid  is a CPA and has previously worked for JP Morgan.  Prior to meeting Jonathan “Superman” Brunot, he had [ …Read More ]

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Youth Soft Skills Empowerment & Hudson Cadillac

Emanuel Cordero, a vocational coordinator from  Youth Soft Skills Empowerment (YSSE) (left) met with Mike Mullaney, Dealer Principal (right) from [ …Read More ]

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Carnival Lion for the 2017 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Picnic

Elanor DeMan, a Roosevelt High School student and her father, Jayson DeMan created this fantastic ‘Carnival Lion’ as a bean [ …Read More ]

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Red Hook Library Creates “All Abilities Program Series”

Red Hook Public Library has created an All Abilities Program Series for families with special needs to gather and enjoy. The [ …Read More ]

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Universal Park Equipment

Congratulations to Sidney Scoralick, James Ryan and Ulises Olmedo. Special thanks to  their teacher Kimberly Sweck, Arlington High School, Teacher-Engineering and Cameron Tuller, a junior at the time, who helped  the team with the physical construction of the project. 

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