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A Message from our President

Debra Chaiken, President

Message from the Director  2015

As we begin the New Year, it is easy to recall all of the things that I am grateful for as the President of AURORA of CNY.

I’m grateful for all of the hard work of staff members who consistently receive high praise for their professionalism, helpfulness and compassion.  I am also grateful for the partnership and leadership of the members of the Board of Directors.  They are active and committed to our mission and their support is essential.  And I am especially grateful to the people we serve, who put their trust and confidence in us.

Even in these challenging and turbulent times, I am grateful that we are able to continue to grow as an agency and develop new and exciting programs to address the needs of people with vision and hearing loss.

We look forward to continuing our Children’s Hearing Aid Program which has served over 40 families so far and expanding upon our Children’s Technology Program through a collaboration with Dr. Luis Columna of Syracuse University. He has created innovative physical activity workshops for children who are blind and their families from across the state and is now interested in working with AURORA to introduce a technology component.

With help from the Central New York Community Foundation we have been able to hire a Deaf Interpreter to address the vital needs of refugees in our community and assist with work readiness so that they can become self –sufficient.

Perhaps most promising of all is our upcoming participation in the  Cohort 2 Ready or Not Initiative through the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.  Key administrative staff and select board members will join me as we work together with a consultant to develop a strategy to improve agency capacity and determine the best course for the agency and its future sustainability.

It’s going to be a busy year!

Deb Chaiken

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