Bethpage, NY - February 18th, 2016 - Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD), a leading Long Island based not-for-profit agency devoted to supporting the pursuit of an enviable life for children and adults with autism, learning and other developmental disabilities, is proud to announce the appointment of Rebecca Kooper of Long Beach to its Board of Trustees.
An ACLD Community Trust Trustee since 2012, Ms. Kooper is an educational audiologist who has worked with a range of institutions including Mercy College, the Center for Hearing and Communication, and the Lexington School for the Deaf. She is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and previously served as coordinator for Audiological Services for Nassau BOCES.
Ms. Kooper maintains a private practice that provides consulting services to school districts and cochlear implant centers throughout Long Island and New York City. She has also served on the boards of the New York State Speech and Hearing Association and the Long Island Speech and Hearing Association. In addition, she’s spoken about caring for a sibling with special needs on Telecare’s “Family Comes First.”
Initially becoming involved with ACLD through her brother, who is a resident of ACLD’s Residential Program and of whom she became legal guardian of following the death of their parents, Ms. Kooper has been an active member of ACLD’s Family Association Council. Through her new role as ACLD Board Trustee, she plans to continue her work in building connections between the organization and the siblings of those with special needs.
“We are thrilled to have Rebecca on ACLD’s Board of Trustees,” said Joseph J. Ortego, ACLD Board of Trustees President. “She has tremendous passion for our mission, and the sibling perspective she brings is of great value to our agency as well as the individuals and families we serve.”
A recipient of several honors including the Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for Best Practices in Educational Audiology and the ASHA Foundation’s Roland J. VanHattum Award, Ms. Kooper earned both her bachelor’s degree in communications and master’s degree in audiology from SUNY Buffalo before receiving her doctor of audiology degree from Central Michigan University. She also holds a law degree from Pace University School of Law.
For information about ACLD visit www.acld.org.
About Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD)
Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD) was founded in 1957. The 501(c)(3), not-for-profit agency’s mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with autism, learning and other developmental disabilities to pursue enviable lives, increase independence and foster supportive relationships within the community.
ACLD employs more than 1,100 people and operates 77 different program sites including group homes and apartment programs across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Service programs include early childhood services, day habilitation, residential alternatives, vocational training and job placement, recreation programs, respite, family support services, Medicaid service coordination, and medical and behavioral health services.