Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518


Dana Hopkins

Coordinator of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766


Deborah Disanza

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

(845) 486-2768


Toni-Marie Ciarfella. Ph.D.

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.

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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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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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash with the Queen City Mile and First Friday in Poughkeepsie

Dutchess County’s Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash is once again, collaborating with the City of Poughkeepsie’s First Friday and Queen City Mile event on September 6, 2019! Register soon for this amazing evening of ‘racing’, music, great food and dance party. Click here to register!

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Disability, Dream & Do Baseball Camp

Disability, Dream & Do Camp will be held on August 3, 2019 at 9:45am-1:00pm at Dutchess Stadium. All participants will receive tickets to the HV Renegades game on August 4th at 4:30pm. Space is limited! Please RSVP

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY 2019 Picnic

July 23, 2019 at Cady Field in Pleasant Valley, NY! The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Picnic is turning Cady Field into a sensory sensitive Circus Midway! The picnic is openfrom 11 am to 2pm! RSVP here!

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