AURORA of Central New York, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization with a 95+ year history of promoting independence, opportunity and full access for individuals of all ages who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened and deaf blind. The agency is dedicated to being a leader in the field and is committed to:

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2016 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival
Sign Language Interpreter provided on the main stage Friday and Saturday evening—free seating for Deaf in VIP area


Friday, July 29, 2016

A – POMCO Main Stage
6:00 pm  Kat Wright & The Indomitable Soul Band
Presented by Berkshire Bank!—ASL interpreter
8:00 pm    Symphoria
9:30 pm    Prime Time Funk

B – Mardi Gras Pavilion
5:00 pm    Soda Ash Six

C – World Beat Pavilion
5:00 pm    Mescolare

D – Jazz Central
11:00 pm    Late Night Jam

Saturday July 30

A – Main Stage Evening Schedule
6:30 pm    Scott “Bugs” Allen & 3rd Scenario—ASL interpreter
Presented by WAER FM 88!
8:15 pm    Atlas XXXVI—ASL interpreter
10:00pm   Atlas XXXVI—ASL interpreter

B – Mardi Gras Pavilion
5:00 pm    SoulPlay
7:30 pm    SoulPlay
9:15 pm    SoulPlay

C – World Beat Pavilion
5:00 pm    Brownskin D – Jazz Central

Aurora of Central New York will be offering American Sign Languages classes to the general public.  All classes will be held at their offices at 518 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY.

Please register before September 19, 2016.

Beginner ASL (Part I) is designed for the beginning student.  Classes will be held on Friday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning September 23, 2016 and ending November 11, 2016.

Intermediate ASL (Part II) is for those students that have completed the Beginner ASL (Part I) or it's equivalent (Permission of Instructor).  Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. beginning September 24, 2016 and ending November 12, 2016.

Pre-registration is required for all classes.  No walk-in will be accepted.  The fee for these eight week courses is $100.00 which includes all instructional materials.  Payment is due at the time of registration and will be refunded if classes are cancelled by Aurora.  Classes require a minimum enrollment of students.  Please help us reserve your class instructor today.  Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to register or have any questions, please contact Aurora at         422-7263 Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Aurora of Central New York is a not-for-proft agency that serves people who are Blind, Visually Impared, Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Aurora of Central New Yokr is a United Way agency.

Below is a listing of our many sponsors for the 14th Annual Musical Feast for the Eyes and Ears.  Our donors support and assistance are vital for us to carry out our mission of serving people who are Blind, Deaf, Visually Impaired, or Hard of Hearing. Please give them a big THANK YOU!!!

Presenting Sponsor
Stickley Audi & Company
Health Care Sponsors
Retina Vitreous Surgeons of CNY, PC
Specialty Surgery Center of CNY
Crystal Sponsors
Druger Eye Care
Geddes Federal Savings & Loan
Romano Motors
US Optical
Welch Allyn
Diamond Sponsors
Edward & Laila Audi
Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.
Empower Federal Credit Union
Richard & Nancy Marsden
J. Daniel & Diane Pluff
Sugarman Law Firm, LLP
Platinum Sponsors
Murray & Kathy Grossman
Scott & Laura Gucciardi
Mackenzie Hughes, LLP
National Grid
Gold Sponsors
Barclay Damon, LLP
Syracuse University
The Honorable Karen Uplinger In memory of Robert & Martha Uplinger
Silver Sponsors
Blue Ocean Strategic Capital
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Mike & Maggie O’Connor
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center
Bronze Sponsors
Brown & Brown Empire State
Bill & Nancy Byrne
Joe & Debra Chaiken
Cortland Eye Center
Dalton’s American Decorative Arts, LLC
Discovery Center of Science and Technology(MOST)
Joseph & Wynn El-Hindi
Eye Consultants of Syracuse
Earleen Foulk
Fulton Savings Bank
Golub Foundation
Robert Haege
Haylor, Freyer & Coon
Margaret Karim
Dr. Ludwig Khoury & Dr. Rania Habib
LeMoyne College
Lions Club of Syracuse
Gerald Malchak
Tim & Lise Mayo
John Neri
Anis & Nawal Obied
Oviatt Hearing and Balance
Judy Plumley & Terry Pickard
Priscila Soden & Theodore Rupracht
Richard & Kathleen Steinmann
The George L. Wladis Company, Inc.
The Gifford Foundation
University Otolaryngology Assoc. of CNY

Next year Aurora will be celebrating its 100Th Anniversary - please keep checking our site for exciting details about our celebration!!

healthy eatingNancy Anderson, Support Group Coordinator for People with Vision Loss is looking for people who would be interested in participating in the following programs:

Healthy Cooking Class sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Classes are usually two hours in length and run for 6-8 weeks. Classes to be held at AURORA and participants must be on SNAP.

“Walk With Ease” Program of the Office for Aging. A self-paced walking program with health related discussions for every fitness level.

We are looking for six committed participants each to begin these programs; if you are interested or would like additional information call Nancy at 315-422-7263 ext. 245

Syracuse Stage is committed to making the theatre experience accessible to all by providing the following accommodations: American Sign Language Interpretation, Audio Description, Audio Enhancement, Open Captioning, and Wheelchair Accessibility.

American Sign Language- Interpreted Performance Series:
An American Sign Language-Interpreted performance is offered for every production. Patrons that are interested in the sign interpretation are seated in an advantageous viewing location. ...continue reading Syracuse Stage Committed to Making the Theatre Experience Accessible

On March 6, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced the five non-broadcast networks which will have to begin offering a minimum of four hours of video described programming per week (about 50 hours per calendar quarter) of prime time or children’s programming beginning on July 1, 2015.  These networks include the Disney Channel, the History Channel, TBS, TNT and USA. In addition, the FCC has reminded ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC that, as of July 1, 2015 they will have to expand their video description from the top 25 markets to the top 60 markets in the nation.

ESPN has filed for, and has been granted, an exception to the video description rule because most of their programming is live, not pre-taped.

Major Victory for People with Disabilities and Their Families

(Editor’s Note: This article comes to us from the National Disability Institute.)

On Dec. 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. First introduced in 2006, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.

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