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,
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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.

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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.)

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

  • An American Sign Language-Interpreted performance is offered for every production. For the most advantageous viewing, be sure to mention your interest in sign-interpretation when reserving tickets.
  • Audio Description is available upon request for a matinee performance of every production. A live narrator audio-describes for patrons who are blind or visually impaired. A pre-performance description of sets and costumes begins 30 minutes prior to curtain, and visual details are verbalized during the performance.
  • Syracuse Stage offers infrared hearing devices at all performances, for patrons with up to 70% hearing loss, and headsets can be reserved free of charge through the Box Office (315-443-3275) or at the Coat Room before curtain.
  • Open Captioning is provided for two matinee performances of every production. A small screen, placed to the side of the stage, displays text corresponding to the play's dialogue and other sounds. Open Captioning can be viewed from most seats in the theatre. However, for the most advantageous viewing, please contact the Box Office.

For more information about these programs, please visit the Syracuse Stage website or call the Box Office at 315-443-3275.

Seniors, age 60 and Older, are invited to join us for a FREE Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the Syracuse Dunbar Center (1453 South State Street Syracuse, NY 13205)  hosted by the Onondaga County Office for Aging.

September 22, 2017 -- The First Day of Fall

The event seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.

10:30 am to Noon: Education, Screening & Class

  • Falls Education
  • Strength & Balance Screening
  • Strength & Balance Exercise Class
  • Lunch

Noon: Lunch

Reservations Required: (315) 435-2362 Ext. 4942

Please call by September 18, 2017

A coalition of organizations who service the disabled in Central New York, including Aurora of CNY, sponsored a rally and march through downtown Syracuse, celebrating the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2017.


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Focus Select, Recommended by Leading OphthalmologistsFocus Vision Supplements is dedicated to improving the lives of patients by preserving the gift of sight through a holistic approach.  This “whole person” approach often means going beyond the medical and nutritional needs of patients and giving back to community organizations like Aurora of CNY, that support the needs of people with vision loss. ...continue reading "Focus Vision Supplements Announces Donation to Aurora of CNY"