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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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
UPS
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
Hear2Learn
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.

...continue reading Congress Passes ABLE Act