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

Click the link in the yellow banner at the top of the page or below for more details!

Think Ahead | Dutchess Community College

 

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Community Calendar ( List View )

  • 3rd Annual Partners in Applied Behavior Analysis Virtual Conference March 1, 2024  9:45 am - 4:45 pm Virtual

    Anderson Center for Autism | Empire State University CAARES

    Virtual Conference
    Everyday ABA: Advancing Quality of Life & Advocacy

    For more info, including prices - www.sunyempire.edu/abaconference

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Community Calendar ( Monthly View )

February 2024

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  • Building a Career Path with Your Child
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  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
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  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
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  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
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  • Staff Assistant Experience Weekend Connection
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  • Staff Assistant Experience Weekend Connection
  • Polar Plunge 2024
  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
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  • Staff Assistant Experience Weekend Connection
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  • Taconic Resources for Independence- SSI & SSDI While Working Virtual Workshop
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  • TRI - Come Ask The Advocate
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  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
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  • Best Buddies Sprint Event #1
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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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