Access Cortland director appointed to national council

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Access to Independence of Cortland County executive director Aaron Baier was recently appointed to the National Council on Independent Living’s Board of Directors.

He’ll serve as the NCIL’s Region II Representative, which covers New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Baier has been at the helm of ATI Cortland County since October 2018, taking over after the passing of its founder, Frances Pizzola.

Altogether, he has more than 14 years of experience in the independent living movement and grassroots advocacy.

According to his coworkers:

Aaron is unapologetically himself and inspires others to be themselves.

He enjoys making the best out of every situation and is described as an eternal optimist. He is passionate about disability, civil and human rights, and continues to participate in and encourage others to take part in various intersectional movements. He strives to connect with people and help them connect with resources and opportunities. Aaron is also legally blind.

In his down time, Aaron is drawn to creativity and finds peace in music and the arts, and is a shameless tech-nerd. Aaron also enjoys spending quality time with his loving wife, Maria, and fur-kids, Guinness, Stella and Tardis.

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