All Abilities Program Director

Dana Hopkins, LCSW-R

(845) 486-3434


Coordinator of Intellectual & Developmental Disability Services

Olivia Clark, LMSW

(845) 486-2825


CSPOA and Children & Youth Services Coordinator

Mental Health Services

Deborah Disanza, LCSW-R

(845) 486-2768


All Abilities Administrative Assistant

Xiomara Santiago

(845) 486-3568


EI Official and Director of Preschool Special Education Programs

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

Janine Fitzmaurice, LCSW

(845) 486-3518

Children & Youth Special Needs Health Care

Public Health Nurse

Lorie Drum, RN, BSN

(845) 486-3542


If this is a medical emergency and you need immediate assistance

please contact 911

For Mental Health and/or Substance Use Crisis Support, Information & Referrals please contact

Dutchess County 988 Call Center




For Walk In Crisis Services and Support visit the Dutchess County Stabilization Center

230 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Abilities First Inc.

Our mission at Abilities First is to provide people who face developmental challenges and their families support to attain independence, self-determination, integration and acceptance by others through education, exploration and experience.

The practice of including people with special needs in all aspects of typical community life. Abilities First believes that if integration occurs naturally in a setting (e.g., classroom, place of work, residential neighborhood, etc.), the ratio of people with disabilities to those without should approximate what is found in the total population. That is, less than or equal to 20% people with disabilities. The process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. We believe all children and adults can benefit from quality education.

Abilities First was incorporated under the name Rehabilitation Programs in 1962 with a mission to serve children and adults with developmental disabilities in Dutchess County, New York State. The organization began with a small education program known as the “The Little Red Schoolhouse.” The name Rehabilitation Programs was changed to Rehab Programs in 1996, and the name Rehab Programs was change to Abilities First in 2008. The name Abilities First was meant to signify that we value what people can do, what they can learn, and what they accomplish rather than their limitations or disabilities.

The wide range of services we offer and people we support reflects our commitment to inclusion and acceptance of people with various kinds of developmental challenges. From typically developing children who need to prepare for the academic rigors of school – to people with intellectual disabilities who need to prepare for independent living – to seniors who want to keep their independence and communities as they age, Abilities First provides the bridges and the resources.


  • Jeffery Fox, Ph.D., President & CEO
    • 845-485-9803 x 1200
  • Mark Nace, Chief Program Officer
    • 845-485-9803 x 1247
  • Brenda Douglas, Director of Day Hab Services
    • 845-485-9813 x 393
  • Gina Carminucci, Director of Com Hab Services
    • 845-475-3217 x 385
  • Donovan Ashe, Director of Residential Services
    • 845-452-1913 x 5110
  • Patricia Brown, Director of Employment Services
    • 845-485-9813 x 201
  • Abilities First School at Straus Family Pavilion (Orange County)
    • 845-330-0356
  • Abilities First School at LaGrange-Firemens Way (Dutchess County)
    • 845-452-0774
  • Abilities First Pre-School at Executive Drive (Orange County)
    • 845-303-2405
  • Abilities First Pre-School at Myers Corners (Dutchess County)
    • 845-298-2090
  • Abilities First Integrated Universal Pre-K in Hyde Park (Dutchess County)
    • In partnership with Hyde Park CSD
    • 845-698-1072


Adminstrative Offices, 70 Overocker Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 845-485-9803


Abilities First School, 24 Firemens Way, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
Phone: 845-452-0774


Abilities First PreSchool, 167 Meyers Corners Road, Suite 104, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Phone: 845-298-2090


Abilities First Employment Services, 70A Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 845-471-0176


Abilities First Outpatient Recovery Service Clinic, 488 Freedom Plains Rd., Ste. 122, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 845 -454-1104


Abilities First School (Orange County), 340 Hudson Street,Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12518
Phone: 845-275-0454


Abilities First Preschool, 121 Executive Drive, Suite 100, New Windsor, NY, 12553
Phone: 845-303-2408


Abilities First Pre-K, 4327 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY, 12538
Phone: 845-698-1072


Abilities First School, 59 Windsor Highway, New Windsor, NY, 12553
Phone: 845-330-0356