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.

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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