Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518


Linda Monkman

Coordinator of Children’s and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766


Toni-Marie Ciarfella

Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs

(845) 486-3434


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 


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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.

Autism Awareness Training for First Responders

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro invites you to Autism Awareness Training for First Responders, which will teach law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and security guards how to best interact with an individual with autism during an emergency.


By attending this training, you will learn to:


-identify the characteristics and behavior of a person with ASD
-effectively communicate with a person with ASD
-respond to an emergency involving a person with ASD
-build relationships with the ASD community
-utilize special tactics, rescue techniques, and patient care options


Register for a session near you at http://www.dutchessny.gov/training


View or download “Autism Awareness Training for First Responders 2018”

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Think Differently Free Movie Day

Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro invites you to a sensory-friendly free movie day at Roosevelt Cinemas in Hyde Park. Doors open at 9:30 am and the movie will begin at 10 am! Cinema dollars for popcorn and treats will be provided.

Reservations must be made at dutchessny.gov/movie by Wednesday, November 7th.    ThinkDIFFERENTLY Movie Day – Nov 10 2018

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Emerging Artist Showcase

The Town of Lagrange is hosting their Annual Fall Festival and ThinkDIFFERENTLY Emerging Artist Showcase  will be one of the many featured  activities during the day!

If you would like to submit your work please complete the Emerging Artist Showcase registration form and send it to Damara Tolassi

New Deadline of October 10, 2018.

 If you need further information, please contact Ms. Tolassi at (845) 486-3568.

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash & City of Poughkeepsie Queen City Mile!

The 3rd Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash will be held on September 7, 2018 in coordination with the First Friday Poughkeepsie and the Queen City Mile Race!  The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash is a half or one mile run/walk for people of all abilities in the heart of the City of Poughkeepsie.  The start time is 5:30 pm and location is 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY! Race day registration opens at 4:15 pm and online registration closes on September 4, 2018.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

2018 Think Differently Dash Event Flyer and 2018 Think Differently Dash Registration Form

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Disability, Dream & Do! Baseball Weekend

Disability, Dream & Do! Baseball camp for children and young adults with special needs at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY on Saturday!  The event starts at 9:45 am to 1pm. See  the D3 Baseball Camp flyer for more information.  On Sunday, 8/19/18 all participants and their families/caregivers are invited to return to Dutchess Stadium for the Renegades’ game when the “Pulling Each Other Along” award will be presented.

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Picnic – A Day at the Farm!

The 6th Annual “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” Picnic on July 10, 2018 – rain or shine – from 11 am to 2pm. Please come join us at Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Home’s “Great Lawn” to enjoy a ‘Day at the Farm’ themed event!

ThinkDIFFERENTLY 2018 Picnic

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Movie Day at the Lucky Orphan Horse Rescue

Come join us at our “ThinkDIFFERENTLY”  Movie Day at Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue – May 19 2018.

The events is from 10 am to 1pm, we will be enjoying a movie and meeting the many wonderful mini-horses and learning about the Lucky Orphan Horse Rescue’s therapeutic riding program. Space is limited so please follow the link above to RSVP!

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Red Carpet Movie Event

Save the date! The first of three ThinkDIFFERENTLY Red Carpet Movie Days will be on May 12, 2018 at the Roosevelt Theatre in Hyde Park. Doors open at 9:30 am and the movie will begin at 10 am! Cinema dollars for popcorn and treats will be provided! More details will become available in April!

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