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CHC’s 104th Annual Meeting

Recognizing those who make a difference in the lives of people with hearing loss.


Jeffrey M. Cohen, CHC President

December 2, 2014 at 4:00-6:00pm
52 Broadway, NYC, 19th Fl.

Join us for our 104th Annual Meeting December 2, 2014 at 4:00pm celebrating the Center for Hearing and Communication’s accomplishments over the past fiscal year as well as the extraordinary achievements of our honorees.

Among the special appearances this year will be our one-and-only Ruth R. Green, Executive Director Emerita, here to honor Ruth D. Bernstein for her advocacy work.

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Speaking on behalf of CHC will be Board President, Jeffrey M. Cohen, CHC Board member, Arlene Romoff, and Executive Director, Laurie Hanin.

We’re delighted to have Victor Calise, Commissioner of Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, making a special appearance.

As always, CHC’s Annual Meeting is made accessible to people with hearing loss through the use of real-time captioning, assistive listening devices (ALDs), a hearing loop and American Sign language (ASL) interpreting.

Did you know December 2nd is Giving Tuesday? It’s a global day dedicated to giving back. After you take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and take advantage of all the great deals) consider giving back to CHC. Make a generous donation and join us at our Annual Meeting!   

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The anticipated highlight of the Annual Meeting will be the presentation of awards to a distinguished group of individuals and organizations who’ve had a positive impact on the quality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Irving Berelson President’s Award

nederlander-logoNederlander Organization

CHC is pleased to honor the Nederlander Organization for its leadership role in making Broadway theater accessible to people with hearing loss.

Accepted by Bill Register, Director of Operations
Presented by Ellen Berelson, Ph.D., CHC Board member
President, Theodore H. Barth Foundation, Inc.

Sheldon Williams Leadership Award

handsonlogoHands On

Hands On is one of the only organizations of its kind offering not only interpreted performances in the not-for-profit theatrical arena, but information on deafness and the arts across the city and country. In its 25+ years, Hands On has established a national reputation for providing high-quality interpreted theater.

Accepted by Beth Prevor, Executive Director
Presented by Donald M. Itzkoff, Esq., CHC Board member
Executive Counsel, GE Transportation

Ruth R. Green Advocacy Award

Ruth Bernstein, Consumer Advocate

Ruth Bernstein, Consumer Advocate

Ruth D. Bernstein, M.A.

Ruth Bernstein has lived with a progressive hearing loss for more than 45 years. She is an advocate who writes, speaks and counsels people about living with hearing loss. Ruth served as Travel Chair for advocates for better communication, an advocacy group allied with CHC and founded by Ruth Green. She is a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America and a Board member of its NYC chapter. Ruth has worked pro bono with cultural institutions to make them hearing accessible – including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA – and is a contributor to the “Sound Advice” column in CHC’s e-newsletter The Buzz. In April, 2013, Ms. Bernstein was inducted into the Hunter College Alumni Hall of Fame, in recognition of her advocacy work for people with hearing loss.

Presented by Ruth R. Green, Executive Director Emerita, CHC

Volunteer of the Year Award


Cécile Nipal, Volunteer

Cécile Nipal

A marketing specialist with more than 30 years of experience in advertising, Cécile has been a volunteer at CHC for two years. She has tirelessly applied her talents and dedication to an array of projects including data base management, targeted outreach, event planning and systems analyses.

Presented by Ellen Lafargue, Au.D., CCC-A
Director, Shelley and Steven Einhorn Audiology and Communication Centers
Director, Berelson Hearing Technology Center

A reception will follow.

Please register to attend today. Direct any questions you may have to or (917) 305-7702.

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