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MRC Offers Training to Enhance Interactions with Residents with Special Needs

Published: 2/1/2017

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus
(845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie … The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County will offer an educational presentation on how organizations can enhance their interactions with individuals with special needs on Thursday, February 2nd at 7 p.m. at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, 392 Creek Road in Poughkeepsie. The training is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; reservations are required.

The program, presented by Taconic Resources for Independence, is designed to enhance awareness of disability etiquette and help increase a sense of confidence and tolerance when interacting with those who have physical, mental or invisible disabilities. The training will be especially useful for organizations and individuals who wish to enhance that first impression for people with special needs.

Those in attendance can also meet Toni-Marie Ciarfella, Dutchess County’s Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs, who serves as an advocate for residents with special needs, helping them navigate through the system of services providers and programs to enhance their lives.

The Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County is comprised of both healthcare and non-healthcare volunteers as part of a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers dedicated to supporting public health infrastructure as well as disaster preparedness and response in the community.

The training is free, however seating is limited and registration is required.  For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, or to register, please contact MRC Coordinator Joe Ryan at (845) 486-2493 or  For information on upcoming trainings, visit