Presented by Elaine Amory, Legal Services of CNY

“What is a Will? Where do I get one? What happens to my car, house and bank account when I die?”

When: Wednesday February 7, 2018 from 1-3pm

Where: Rosamond Gifford Room (basement); 518 James St. Syracuse, NY 13203

Consumers and Staff are Welcome!   Interpreters will be provided

**Space is limited so please RSVP by Thursday February 1st to Starr Guckert at, 315-422-7263, or TTY 315-422-9746.**

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Join with Aurora of CNY and encourage people at higher risk for glaucoma to make a resolution for healthy vision this New Year. While there is no cure for glaucoma yet, early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease and medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors.

Glaucoma is a progressive eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. Glaucoma takes side vision first and is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, and the leading cause of blindness in African-Americans.

For those who are already dealing with a vision loss of any kind, AURORA’s Low Vision and Blindness Support Group will meet on Wednesday, January 17 from 1:00 to 2:30pm at 518 James Street office (free parking and handicap accessible). The group will host Ross DeForrest, an orientation and mobility specialist for Aurora of CNY, who has been teaching people who are legally blind to navigate safely for more than 17 years.

Free Vision & Blood Pressure Screening will be held at Aurora of CNY offices at 518 James Street in Syracuse on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 10:00 am to 12 noon. In addition to screenings, information on Glaucoma awareness and on how to deal with a vision or hearing loss will be available. Walk-ins are welcome.

For further information on these two events contact Donna Reese, Aurora of CNY Outreach Specialist, at 315-422-7263.

AURORA participated in Disability Mentoring Day on October 18th, and we were delighted to host Nicholas Courgi, who assisted with videotaping for a marketing project that we are working on.

Nicholas brought a wide breadth of experience and talent to our agency and was also very open to learning about our mission!

Here’s a little bit about Nicholas and his experience with us:Photo of Nicholas Courgi

My name is Nicholas Courgi. I graduated Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 2010 and Onondaga Community College in May 2014 with a Professional Communication Degree. ...continue reading "Disability Mentoring Day with Nicholas"

With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters. The NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program teaches residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies

WHEN: November 8, 2017 @ 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Aurora of CNY (518 James Street; Syracuse, NY 13203)
CONTACT: Donna Reese 315-372-2593,
For additional information, visit

Learn the candidates' positions on different issues that affect people with disabilities and seniors living in the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. vote button

Wednesday, October 11 from 1pm to 4pm at the Rosamond Gifford Community Room (518 James St. Syracuse).

Candidates for public office answer questions of concern from members of the Onondaga County disability community. Issues include accessible housing, safe streets for pedestrians and snow shoveling and sidewalk maintenance, emergency planning, Uber cabs, and rental discrimination.

Three separate panels will answer questions: for the following offices:

  1. Syracuse Mayoral Candidates (1:00-2:00pm)
  2. Syracuse Common Council Candidates (2:00-3:00pm)
  3. Onondaga County Legislature Candidates (3:00-4:00pm)

Sponsored by Access CNY, ARISE, Aurora of CNY and Disabled in Action of Greater Syracuse.

Bonnie Scolaro, Priscilla Soden and Nancy Marsden of the Women of AURORA will host a fun and informative gathering of women for a light dinner and inspirational presentations by three people who have received AURORA’s services on Thursday, October 19th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the elegant Century Club at 480 James Street in Syracuse.

This year’s speakers will be Susan Storms Gray and Gloria Applebaum. Both women have been longtime supporters of AURORA and have also received our services.

...continue reading "Women of AURORA: Reach Out to be Held at the Historic Century Club"

Community Preparedness for the Active Shooter What would you do?

When:  Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Time:   5:30-7:30 pm

Where:  AURORA of CNY, Office Conference Room at 518 James St. Suite 100; Syracuse, NY 13203

As part of Deaf Awareness Week -- AURORA of CNY will hold an informative presentation by Lt. Paul Brennan from the Syracuse Police Department on Active Shooter Awareness. Sign Language interpreters provided. (Light refreshments will be served.)