Vision loss can have a devastating impact on an individual, and each person handles this life changing event in their own unique way – getting along well in some areas, and perhaps not so well in others.  Constantly relying on family and friends, who may not understand vision loss or how to help, can take a dramatic toll on personal morale. This is why the sharing activities in a support group are so often beneficial to people who develop low vision.  ...continue reading "Monthly Vision Loss Support Groups"

Beginner ASL (Part I) – designed for the beginning student – June 7 to August 2, Wednesday evenings from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Intermediate ASL (Part II) – for students that have completed the Beginner ASL (Part I) or its equivalent –  June 5 to July 31, Monday evenings from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Classes will be held at the Aurora offices, 518 James Street. (No Classes the week of July 3rd). ...continue reading "Learn ASL — Summer Classes"

If you have a creative flair, enjoy sales and meeting people you may want to consider joining our  fundraising/development  or golf committees.  We are looking for volunteers who can solicit sponsorships and help us with our two annual events: Musical Feast for the Eyes and Ears Gala, held in May, and FORESIGHT Golf Tournament, which will be held on September 11th this year.

We need NEW BLOOD and your enthusiasm and connections will truly benefit our mission.  For more information, contact Debra Chaiken at 315-422-7263.

Here are some of the exciting trips you can bid on at the May 18th, Aurora of Central New York 100th Anniversary Gala

Contact Aurora of CNY for sponsorship opportunities, tickets, or more information.

San Francisco Wine Country
Jet to the “City by the Bay” for an incredible escape to Northern California.  You'll explore the quaint streets of San Francisco and the rolling hills of the Napa Valley.

Alaska – The Call of the Wild
Sailing the Inside Passage, you’ll discover what life is like at the edge of our vast northern wilderness.

4 Star Isle of Capri
What better way to renew romance than in the most romantic place on earth… the breathtaking Isle of Capri where you will spend a glorious time drinking in the beauty and glamour of the island surrounded by the sparkling crystal clear blue Mediterranean!

James Bond’s Secret Hideaways
Like Bond himself, the two of you can enjoy your Martinis shaken not stirred on this romantic adventure in Switzerland, Italy and France.  Its 009 days in Europe living the life only Secret Agent James Bond could imagine!

The Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany
For food, fun and laughter, there’s no better place than Tuscany where, on your seven-day trip, the two of you will see incomparable treasures and art in Florence and learn to be spectacular chefs during your cooking class in an authentic Tuscan kitchen. 

Castles of Ireland
Fields of clover, legends of leprechauns, quaint pubs where playing darts is “serious” business, and living like Kings and Queens … all this will be yours while you stay in grand Castles and elegant Manor Homes during your magical escape to emerald green Ireland.   

Greek Island Adventure
Get off the beaten path and escape to the magical islands of Greece! The soft sands & crystal blue oceans await one lucky couple in our auction.

The Wine, Wonder and Romance of France
This exciting trip for two has it all… the excitement and beauty of Paris and the romantic chateaux and vineyards of the finest wine region of France! 

Florida Family Fun!
Enjoy your family vacation of a lifetime in Orlando where you can savor your own flavors of fun in the sun! This deluxe townhouse villa is the perfect place to create memories with family and friends any time of year!

Tropical Costa Rica
There is nothing like relaxing in the sun, taking a tram ride through the treetops in a verdant rainforest, seeing wildlife close up, and so much more on your Costa Rica escape.

Spain-- Barcelona & Mallorca
For sightseeing, sun and relaxation there are no two better places than exciting Barcelona and the sun-kissed island of Mallorca in the sparkling Mediterranean.AmFund Logo sm

These fabulous adventures provided by AmFund.org. Each trip is specially chosen and our highly experienced in-house travel specialists ensure each of traveler receives the very best white glove service at every step of their travel experience. 

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Honoring Kathryn Ruscitto, former CEO of St. Joseph’s Health
at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown
Presenting Sponsors: Sam & Carol Nappi and Dr. Lawrence Stewart

During 2017 AURORA of CNY, Inc. will celebrate its 100 Year Anniversary. AURORA is the only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing in Central New York.

Since 1869, St. Joseph’s has stood as a community landmark representing a commitment to the delivery of high-quality compassionate care, while AURORA, once known as the Association of Workers for the Blind or "The Lighthouse", has been a mainstay of benevolent service by helping people with sensory loss achieve the highest quality of life. For nearly a century, St. Joseph’s and AURORA have enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership serving Central New York residents of all ages, races and religions. Kathryn Ruscitto, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s Health 2011 - 2017, and the leaders who preceded her, have been a critical force behind the continued success of this partnership.

Guests will be treated to an evening of fine dining, and dancing to the legendary sounds of the Maria Desantis Band.

Doug Logan will be our Celebrity Auctioneer as we offer once-in-a-lifetime vacations and getaways provided by AmFund.org at our Live and Silent Auctions. These fabulous adventures include airfare and are specially chosen by their highly experienced in-house travel specialists to ensure each traveler receives the very best white-glove service at every step of their travel experience.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

6:00 PM Hors d’oeuvres/cocktails; Live &Silent Auction
7:00 PM Dinner & Program

Marriott Syracuse Downtown; 100 E Onondaga St; Syracuse, NY 13202

Contact Aurora of CNY by email: mailto:dlabeff@auroraofcny.orgor call: 315-422-7263 for sponsorship opportunities, tickets, or more information.

 

Aurora of CNY will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary, 100 years of service to the community, with an exciting new venture. In 2017, Aurora of CNY will affiliate operations with Liberty Resources, a dynamic and constantly evolving, multi-service, integrated health care and behavioral health provider.

The vital mission of Aurora of CNY will remain unchanged: to promote independence, opportunity and full-access for individuals of all ages with vision or hearing loss. Both organizations will realize expanded capacity.  The affiliation will enable Aurora of CNY and Liberty Resources to enhance current services for individuals with vision and hearing loss and develop many new service lines.  Specifically, the partnership will allow consumers of Aurora’s trusted services to access Liberty Resources’ integrated primary care and behavioral health services.

“This is a future-oriented opportunity to preserve and expand services to people with vision/hearing loss in our community--and beyond,” states Debra Chaiken, President of Aurora of CNY. “In the constantly-changing health care and human service environment, the synergies between Aurora and Liberty Resources will bring a full-continuum of services to enhance the health and well-being of individuals with vision and hearing loss in our community.”

This affiliation is effective January 1, 2017, as adopted by both boards. Both Aurora of CNY and Liberty Resources will maintain their independent Board of Directors under the governance of a new parent organization Board of Directors.

“The strategic partnership of Aurora and Liberty Resources joins two highly-regarded human services agencies in a dynamic alliance to increase services to individuals with vision and hearing loss in Central New York. There is tremendous opportunity to integrate our respective agencies’ services,” says Carl Coyle, CEO of Liberty Resources. “We look forward to implementing Health Homes care management services to individuals with vision and hearing loss, and Aurora will be able to provide access to integrated mental health and primary care via the Liberty Resources Brownell Clinic.”

Donations to our Aurora Borealis Festival of Lights help Central New Yorkers who are Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing. 

Recently, a scene played out at our office, as it often does.  A daughter brought her 80-something-year-old mother in to meet with our Outreach Director David DeFrancis.  Both were concerned over Mom’s recent loss of independence and interest in things she once enjoyed because of  advancing vision loss  as a result of  age-related macular degeneration.  Over the course of an hour or so, their concern turned to confidence as they learned of all the devices and assistance that is available.

Here’s a letter we received after the appointment:

Dear Dave,
      I just want to thank you for all your help! You have such a gift for working with people—especially the elderly!
      My mother left your office happy and hopeful! She couldn’t wait to call her friend to tell her about all of the items she received! She wore the sunglasses right after we left and absolutely loved them! At home, she has used both the glasses and the magnifier with the light. We also have her light set up right next to her chair to brighten here reading material. She has also used the clock on her keychain and she put the check writing guide right with her checkbook to use next week when she goes to Wegmans! She will be putting all of her addresses and phone numbers in the address box and I will help her transfer important dates from her small calendar to the large one that you gave her.
      Honestly, I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to meet with you. Your efforts have made a big difference for my formerly discouraged mother (who feared she was going to lose her vision completely!!)
      Thank you again! We appreciate everything you did for my mother!
PS. I will now reintroduce her to Solitaire with her new cards!!

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Please help us continue to provide our much needed services in the Central New York community: https://www.nygivesday.org/organizations/aurora-of-cny-inc

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What if your child couldn’t hear your voice?
Hearing aids can cost $4,000 and there are over 200 children in our area who cannot afford them.

Please join us at the Kreb's (53 West Genesee Street; Skaneateles, NY)
on November 30, 2016 (6:30 pm- 8:30 pm), to raise funds for
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Featuring Guest Bartenders:

      • Tim Green, Lawyer | Former NFL Player | New York Times Best Selling Author
      • Dr. L. Ryan Smart, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialist | Syracuse Football Physician
      • J. Daniel Pluff, Host/Co-Producer “Central” Fox 68 | Sr. Vice President and Financial Advisor Morgan Stanley
      • Adam Weitsman, Owner of Upstate Shredding

All tips and donations benefit the Aurora of CNY Children’s Hearing Aid Program.