Since 1971, Aspire has been committed to meeting the critical health needs of Western New York residents with developmental disabilities through its Article 28 Clinic. Today, Aspire's Health Services program serves nearly 2,000 patients who reside in Amherst, and also in the towns and villages of Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Depew and the City of Buffalo. The comprehensive and specialized program meets not only medical needs but also mental health, neurology, podiatry and therapy needs.
According to Thomas Sy, executive director of Aspire, the award attests to Aspire's compassionate and relentless work toward helping individuals live as independently as possible and realize their full potential. "Our clinical team is an impressive cohort of providers unique in their experience, training and dedication to people with disabilities," Sy said. "We do more than simply meet the health needs of the disabled in a routine manner."
For example, Aspire partnered with Buffalo Wheelchair to create a specialized wheelchair clinic for children and adults. Aspire's Assistive Technology Network (ATN) uses cutting edge technology to help disabled individuals overcome hurdles - from facilitating computer access to providing adaptive toys and mobility devices. In addition, Aspire's proactive approach to meeting the healthcare needs of the disabled includes a partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for a grant to teach breast self exams to disabled women and ensure they receive mammograms.
The award was given at the Chamber's annual dinner on Monday, October 29 at Samuel's Grande Manor. According to Sy, Aspire is also pleased to be recognized for its significant capital investments in its Getzville corporate headquarters and its latest $2.4 million commitment for its health clinic renovation. Located in Cheektowaga, the clinic will be relocated within the same building and feature enlarged capacity to serve more patients.
"The opportunity to develop a clinic comparable to community based medial space is something Aspire has awaited for a number of years," said Sy. "Due to the size of our patient base growing by nearly 50 people a month and an outdated clinic, Aspire was awarded a Certificate of Need by the NYS Department of Health."
Aspire of WNY (formerly the United Cerebral Palsy Association) is a comprehensive provider of programs and services for adults and children with developmental disabilities including, but not limited to: cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy, autism, traumatic brain injury and other neurological impairments. Now celebrating its 60th year, Aspire envisions full participation of individuals with disabilities so that they may live their lives to the fullest in keeping with their informed choices. The agency employs approximately 1,400 people in locations throughout Western New York. – less – More from ZoomInfo »