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Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro invites residents with special needs, their families and support agencies to a free movie event on Saturday, May 12th at 10 a.m. at the Roosevelt Cinemas, 4060 Albany Post Road (Route 9) in Hyde Park. The theater will adjust both the lighting and sound to make the experience more enjoyable for those on the autism spectrum or who experience sensory issues.
County Executive Molinaro said, “For families of those with special needs, a trip to the movie theater can often be a challenge. Dutchess County Government is proud to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY’ about our neighbors of all abilities and offer them and their families a morning of fun entertainment in an inclusive and stress-free environment. We welcome everyone of every ability to enjoy a free morning at the movies in a supportive atmosphere.”
Space is limited, therefore advance reservations are required and can be made at https://www.dutchessny.gov/movie. The event flyer is available online.
Established in 2015, the “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” initiative seeks to change the way individuals, businesses, organizations and communities relate to individuals with special needs. Following Dutchess County’s example, more than 95 municipalities throughout New York State have passed “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” resolutions, committing to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals of all abilities.
More information about Dutchess County’s efforts to “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” is available at thinkdifferently.net. Launched earlier this year, the website offers simple navigation through the comprehensive array of local services available to residents with special needs and their families, and it connects families to resources, information and community events to enhance the lives of individuals of every ability.