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


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Carnival Lion for the 2017 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Picnic

Elanor DeMan with her Carnival Lion bean bag toss game.
Elanor DeMan with her Carnival Lion bean bag toss game.

Elanor DeMan, a Roosevelt High School student and her father, Jayson DeMan created this fantastic ‘Carnival Lion’ as a bean bag toss game for August 2017 Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Picnic for children with special needs.

Ms. DeMan, put in a lot of thought into the design and its construction so that the game would be accessible for everyone to enjoy. The ‘Carnival Lion’ was a big hit both as a game of skill but also a popular place to take memorable ‘selfies’ for children and adults alike!

Thanks to Ms. DeMan this ‘Carnival Lion’ was also enjoyed at two more events; the City of Poughkeepsie Community Day and the Pleasant Valley Community Day!