Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518

jfitzmaurice@dutchessny.gov

Dana Hopkins

Coordinator of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766

dhopkins@dutchessny.gov

Deborah Disanza

Coordinator of Children’s Services and Children’s POA Coordinator

(845) 486-2768

ddisanza@dutchessny.gov

Toni-Marie Ciarfella. Ph.D.

Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs

(845) 486-3434

tciarfella@dutchessny.gov

If this is an emergency and you need immediate assistance please contact 911

Crisis Counseling, Support, Information & Referrals

Dutchess County HELPLINE 

Toll free: (877) 485-9700

Stabilization Center

(845) 485-9700

NY State Central Register for Child Abuse 

(800-342-3720)

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Events

Dutchess County Government can not guarantee that all events listed in the ‘Community Calendar’ and the”ThinkDIFFERENTLY” Events sponsored by Dutchess County Government calendars will be fully accessible.
Specific information regarding the ‘The Community’ calendar events can be obtained directly from that event’s organizer. Information on “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” events sponsored by Dutchess County Government’ can be obtained through our Contact Us form.

April 2, 2021 – Light it Up Blue – with Kindness !

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY New Year

From all of us at ThinkDIFFERENTLY, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season! We look forward to seeing you in 2021 and are hopeful for a healthy New Year for all!

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY

The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Collaboration of Services and Care Across the Life Span for People with Special Needs Conference will be held on December 3rd in a new virtual format! This conference will guide families and providers through a series of discussions with a focus on planning for the care of someone with special needs. Our goal is to explore the benefits of collaborating and improving negotiating skills for services.

RSVP is open now!
Collaboration of Services – 2020 Flyer FINAL

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Drive-Thru Picnic!

We are proud to announce the 2020 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Drive-Thru Picnic! This event will be held on Tuesday, September 1st, from 11am-1pm at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Please RSVP by 8/26 at  http://www.dutchessny.gov/picnicrsvp . We can’t wait to see you there!

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Think Ahead Open House

For Progressive Students and Families.

Learn about Think Ahead, an exciting program for adults with
intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Meet current Think
Ahead participants and find out if the program is right for your loved
one. Applications for the 2020/2020 academic year are now
available, and due by July 4, 2020.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
11:00am am – 12:30-pm

Click Here to RSVP: Register for Virtual Zoom Conference.

More information (PDF): Click here to register for more information on Virtual Conference.

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Updates for Community Events

Please check with event organizers regarding cancellation and rescheduling of events. We are working daily to try to keep up with all the changes to the Community Calendar.

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Spring Event-John Flowers Family Old Fashion Easter Egg Hunt

Save the date!

The Flowers Family Easter egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 11th!

More details and flyer to come!

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY 2020!

Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

We are finalizing our 2020 calendar and will be posting new ThinkDIFFERENTLY events soon! Check back often for updates and be sure to check out the community calendar for inclusive events for people of all abilities all around the county!

 

Thank you!

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Nutcracker Performance

Please join us for a special sensory-sensitive performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Bardavon Opera House on Friday, December 13, 2019 at 6 p.m.! Seating is limited. Please RSVP by December 10th at http://www.dutchessny.gov/nutcracker

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Red Carpet Movie Day!

RSVP for the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Red Carpet Movie Day on November 9, 2019 at the Roosevelt Cinema in Hyde Park!

Doors Open at 9am for the 10 am show!  Find our flyer here!

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