ThinkDIFFERENTLY is a call to action to create a supportive and welcoming environment for those living with special needs. This website is designed to be a starting point to find the services and connections you and your family need.”

– Marc Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY EVENTS

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Autistic Adults

Join us on Friday, April 8th from 9:30am- 4pm for this virtual workshop. Dr. Valerie Gaus, Ph.D., will discuss how local providers can formulate and deliver appropriate mental health treatment or support plans for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Continuing Education Units available for LMSW, LCSW & LSW-R!

Register by April 6th at www.dutchessny.gov/DrGaus

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Community Calendar ( List View )

  • Dutchess County Health Fair June 11, 2022  11:00 am - 3:00 pm Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, USA

    A Day of Health, Wellness and fun for all ages!

    Please see attached flyer for complete event details

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Community Calendar ( Monthly View )

May 2022

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  • Dutchess County 4H Invites Youth with Special Needs to A Day at the Farm!
  • Dutchess County 4H Invites Youth with Special Needs to A Day at the Farm!
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  • SSI & SSDI While Working Workshop-TRI
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  • 2022 Public Forum- Service Needs for Children & Youth with Emotional Needs and/or Chemical Dependency
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  • 2022 Public Forum- Mental Health Service Needs for Adults
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  • Teens with Disabilities & Their Caregivers
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  • Taconic Resources for Independence- SSI & SSDI While Working Virtual Workshop
  • Adults with Disabilities & Their Caregivers
  • Parent Support Group-Center for Spectrum Services
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  • Special Education PTA - in Spanish
  • Special Education PTA meeting
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  • Taconic Resources for Independence- SSI & SSDI While Working Virtual Workshop
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  • LGBTQ+ Abilities Discussion & Support Group- TRI

ThinkDIFFERENTLY Moments

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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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