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ThinkDIFFERENTLY EVENTS

6th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Conference

Collaboration of Services and Care Across
the Life Span for People of All Abilities
Friday, December 2nd – 9am to 4pm

Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park
Conference is hosted in-person and online

This conference guides individuals, families, and
providers through a series of discussions focused
on planning for the care of people of every ability.

Register by November 30th: dutchessny.gov/tdconference

**For more information and accommodations, email xsantiago@dutchessny.gov**

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  • 6th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Conference December 2, 2022  9:00 am - 3:30 pm Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538, USA

    **Click here to see the full press release**

    This conference guides individuals, families, and
    providers through a series of discussions focused
    on planning for the care of people of every ability.

    Topics include:

    Emergency Preparedness • Navigating Transitional Periods
    Early Intervention & Pre-School • The IEP and 504 Process
    Educational & Employment Opportunities for Adults

    Register by November 30th: dutchessny.gov/tdconference
    For more information and accommodations, email xsantiago@dutchessny.gov



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Community Calendar ( Monthly View )

November 2022

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  • Transition & Resource Fair
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  • Special Needs - TOPSoccer
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  • 4-H Flourishing Farmers Fall Farm Day
  • Marist Best Buddies - 2nd Fall Event
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  • SRO P.L.U.S. Theater Classes
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  • Talking Birds & Golden Fish: a Sensory Friendly performance by David Gonzalez
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  • Special Needs - TOPSoccer
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  • SRO P.L.U.S. Theater Classes
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  • Taconic Resources for Independence- SSI & SSDI While Working Virtual Workshop
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  • Sinterklaas! Crowns & Branches Plus Puppet Workshop
  • CONNECT Pie Baking Event
  • Special Needs - TOPSoccer
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  • SRO P.L.U.S. Theater Classes
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  • Sinterklaas! Crowns & Branches Plus Puppet Workshop
  • Special Needs - TOPSoccer
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  • SRO P.L.U.S. Theater Classes
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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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