Celebrating National Autism Month


Celebrating National Autism Month

As Dutchess County continues to celebrate April as Autism Awareness Month, we are highlighting communities’ efforts toTHINK DIFFERENTLY about our neighbors with autism and other special needs.

Earlier today, Abilities First presented the 2016 Abilities First Awards:

• Participant of the Year Award to Thomas Chieffo
• Business of the Year Award to Williams Lumber & Home Centers
• 2016 Innovation Award to Dutchess County’s “Think Differently” initiative

Click the video below to watch highlights from today’s breakfast and presentation.


As Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro accepted the Innovation Award for the “Think Differently” initiative, he thanked all of the county employees who have embraced the call to action.

“Every employee in Dutchess County Government understands this very genuine, very passionate call to action,” County Executive Molinaro said.

We also thank everyone who answered the call the THINK DIFFERENTLY and Light It Up Blue last week, showing your support for World Autism Awareness Day. Autism affects many families locally, nationally, and globally with as many as 1 in 68 children in the U.S. living on the autism spectrum.

Author: Harlem Valley News