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– Marc Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY EVENTS

ThinkDIFFERENTLY Thursday at the Dutchess County Fair

Join us for a sensory-sensitive morning at the Dutchess County Fair on Thursday, August 26th! Gates will open early at 9am to help families enjoy the fair ahead of the crowds. Also, from 9:30am-12pm, the lights and sounds on the midway will be reduced for a stress-free experience. ***Tickets are required and are only being sold online this year***For more information on the Dutchess County Fair and to buy your tickets, check out www.dutchessfair.com

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  • Webinar: A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD-Parent to Parent NYS August 2, 2021  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Zoom

    Please join Maryalice Fegeley, Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent of NYS, as she presents the webinar A Guide for Families to Understanding Supports & Services Administered by OPWDD. The purpose of this training is to introduce families to the language of service delivery systems and to define and clarify information about services and supports. Participants will gain an increased awareness and understanding of eligibility criteria and the eligibility determination process. The training includes an overview of Home and Community Based Services Waiver, and Family Support Services. Contact Tina Beauparlant at 516-381-4350 with any questions.

    Online Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5283064722682338572

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Community Calendar ( Monthly View )

July 2021

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  • All Abilities Adults- Red Hook Public Library
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  • Adriance Library- Sensory Social
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  • SSI & SSDI While Working Workshop-TRI
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  • All Abilities Adults- Red Hook Public Library
  • Special Education PTA - in Spanish
  • Special Education PTA meeting
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  • Webinar: Preventing Parent Burnout for Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Teens with Disabilities & Their Caregivers
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  • SSI and SSDI While Working
  • Adults with Disabilities & Their Caregivers
  • Parent Support Group-Center for Spectrum Services
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  • ThinkDIFFERENTLY Fitness & Field Day
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  • All Abilities Adults- Red Hook Public Library
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  • LGBTQ+ Abilities Discussion & Support Group- TRI
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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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