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Local Partner Advisory Board

The LPAB is a community partner of RPRC:NCDHR consisting of representatives from the Deaf Community, people with hearing loss, public agencies, providers, educational institutions, and other organizations. LPAB meets quarterly and serves RPRC:NCDHR as a steering committee with a broad local stakeholder view. For questions or more information, click here for contact information.

Current Members and Institutional Partners

James DeCaro

James DeCaro, PhD

Local Partner Advisory Board Chair

Professor and Dean Emeritus
National Technical Institute for the Deaf, RIT

Center for Community Health (CCH)

The Center for Community Health was established by the University of Rochester Medical Center to develop and expand academic-community health partnerships dedicated to improving the health of our community.

Deaf-Blind Community

DePaulDePaul Logo

DePaul is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1958 that provides services in addiction prevention and support services, affordable housing, mental health programs, senior living communities, and vocational Programs.


Foodlink is the Feeding AmericaFoodLink logo regional food bank, which rescues and redistributes more than 16 million pounds of food annually to a network of 500 member agencies in a 10-county service area: Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties.


GVRRID is a non-profit organization of professional American Sign Language interpreters in the Rochester / Western NY area.


The Healthy Living with Hearing Loss (HL2) is a community committee that partners with RPRC:NCDHR. The purpose of this group is to identify strengths/resources of people with hearing loss, as well as prioritize topics for health research.

HLAA-RochesterHLAA Rochester logo

The Rochester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America was established in 1983. The formation of the Chapter allowed people living in western New York to meet and share common concerns surrounding the challenges of living with a hearing loss.

LifespanLifespan logo

Lifespan in Rochester, NY provides information, guidance and more than 30 services that help older adults and caregivers take on longer life -- from care management for eldercare to finding a job in retirement -- count on Lifespan to help you take it on.

Monroe County Department of Public Health

The Monroe County Department of Public Health is a public health agency with a mission to provide direct health services and leadership to improve the community's health.

Monroe Plan for Medical CareMonroe Plan Logo

Monroe Plan for Medical Care is a health care services organization, which has been meetin ghte needs of low income and government sponsored populations in Upstate New York for over 40 years.

NTID logoNational Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

The world's first and largest technical college for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people, NTID at RIT was the first to educate large numbers of Deaf students within a campus originally intended for hearing students.

Rochester Recreation Club for the DeafRochester Recreation Club for the Deaf, Inc. (RRCD)

Incorporated in 1945, Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf was first established as a social outlet for Deaf people in Rochester, NY. It now serves as a hub of the Rochester Deaf community, providing a meeting place for various Deaf organizations.

Rochester School for the Deaf logoRochester School for the Deaf (RSD)

RSD educates Deaf children, preschool through high school. RSD's team of professionals focuses on providing a strong foundation for the educational, social, and emotional growth of deaf and hard-of-hearing children from birth to age 21.

St John Fisher College logoSt. John Fisher School of Pharmacy

Wegmans School of Pharmacy is committed to preparing pharmacists for lives of intellectual, professional, and civic integrity.


Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives.