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A Message from our Director

Debra Chaiken, Executive Director

We look forward, in 2014 to continue expanding our programs and services  to meet the varied needs of all people with vision or hearing loss in Central New York.  Launching this Spring is an  Adaptive Technology Training Program  for Children who are blind or visually impaired, ages 10-14, from across Upstate New York.  AURORA  as lead agency, along with TWO OTHER Upstate blind service agencies:  A.V.R.E. in Binghamton and CABVI in Utica, will develop and deliver a technology exploration curriculum and provide a train-the trainer workshop for Teachers of the Visually Impaired.   Up to 100 students and their parents will learn about the latest in technology that will prepare students to be successful in school and beyond.  This exciting and innovative program is made possible through a multi-year grant from the Lavelle Foundation.

I am also proud to announce that AURORA has been asked to take a leadership role in a community-wide coalition that is addressing the needs of Deaf members of the resettled and refugee populations in Syracuse and Central New York. This diverse group of individuals faces tremendous challenges to adjust and adapt to their new language and culture. They need a collaborative effort from many provider agencies to ensure that they don’t “fall through the cracks.”  AURORA is committed to addressing these needs.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff, Board members and volunteers of AURORA who make it possible for us to meet our mission every day.  They bring dedication, expertise and passion to what we do and make it possible for thousands of individuals with vision and hearing loss to remain successful and independent.  They are the heart and soul of AURORA!

Deb Chaiken

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