ThinkDIFFERENTLY: A Forum on Breaking Down Barriers For Persons with Special Needs Rescheduled

ThinkDIFFERENTLY: A Forum on Breaking Down Barriers For Persons with Special Needs

This event will be rescheduled. Watch the calendar for the new date.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will bringing his call to action to county and state residents to “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” about those with special needs to the Columbia Club on April 16. In this lecture, Molinaro will talk about the program he initiated to ask individuals, businesses, communities and local governments to break down barriers for residents with special needs. Started as a Dutchess County initiative, Molinaro has brought the program statewide, holding forums on the topic across New York, prompting dozens of communities to adopt resolutions supporting and promoting the program. In 2016, Molinaro appointed a deputy commissioner for special needs in Dutchess County government, the first position of its kind in New York State, focused on advocating for individuals and families with special needs and abilities,

Molinaro, the youngest ever Dutchess County executive, started in government in 1994 when he was elected to the Tivoli Village Board of Trustees at the age of 18. In 1995, he was elected Tivoli’s mayor at the age of 19, making him the nation’s youngest mayor. In addition to his service in village government, he served as a Dutchess County legislator and a New York State assemblyman prior to his 2011 election as county executive. He has been active on issues related to persons with special needs at multiple levels of government. He has received multiple awards for his work advocating for persons with special needs and the autism community.

All Columbia University Club members are eligible to register for this event. Please register on the Penn Club site if you are a Penn Club affiliate member.