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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Keeping Your Family Healthy and Entertained

Health Resources

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Info- Dutchess County

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Attestation_FILLABLE

COVID 19 Immunization Screening and Consent Form – NYS DOH 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Handout from NYS OPWDD

COVID-19 Vaccine Video from NYS OPWDD

Social Distancing and Keeping Everyone Healthy

Coronavirus – About COVID-19 and How to Keep Everyone Safe

Washing My Hands

Coronavirus: What Is It and What Can I Do? – created by The Arc Maryland

Parent to Parent NYS- Zoom Online Parent Group Information

The CDC COVID-19 Prevention Tips presented in American Sign Language

Coronavirus Resource Guide from Grace Smith House

Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus – created by the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

Stress Relief Breathing – Lisa Nathan

Defining Behavioral Strategies and Supports – Peggy Pisano

Wearing Protective Equipment Social Story-by Anderson Center for Autism

Wearing My Face Mask Social Story-by Anderson Center for Autism


Education Resources

FREE “Kelly Goes Back to School” & “Kelly Stays Home” Children’s Book

FREE Virtual Tutoring for Grades K-12 for Dutchess & Orange Counties

Learning at Home When School is Closed

The In-Home Educator Training-by Anderson Center for Autism

Children’s Activity Book- Coping After Disaster

The Big List of Children’s Books Read

Illustrator Mo Willems Educational Art and Videos


Entertainment Resources

Fall in love with Dutchess County Parks

ThinkDIFFERENTLY Curbside Karaoke

Curbside Karaoke Photos- Q92.1 Facebook Page

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue Facebook Page-Daily tours & updates

Greystone Programs Inc. Guide for Stay at Home Activities

Kids Streaming Story Times and Visits to the Staten Island Zoo!

Virtual Disney Park Rides and Attractions  here are some samples:

Disney Firework Display

Disney’s Frozen

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

Disney’s Its a Small World

Disney’s  The Sea with Nemo and Friends

Thankful – Used with Permission

Other Resources

ADA30 Event Recording from Taconic Resources for Independence

Odyssey Church December Newsletter

Mid-Hudson News-Letter to the Editor: Direct Support Professionals are unsung heroes during pandemic

Special Olympics NY-Sports Season at Home!

Building Resilience 

The Brave Heart Fund for Health Care Workers

Dutchess County Food Pantry/Meal Program Resources

A Special Thank You to Healthcare Workers from Dutchess BOCES