Aurora of CNY services individuals of all ages, but a good deal of our work is with seniors as they adapt to loss of hearing, decreased vision, and mobility issues.

The Onondaga County Office for Aging has updated the Senior Resource Guide. You can find it, along with other downloadable information, on our website at:

Call Aurora of CNY at 315-422-7263 for more information on any of the following:

  • Low Vision Assessment
  • Falls Safety Assessment
  • Training with Adaptive Aids and Devices
  • Support Groups for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Health Homes Care Management

Save the Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018

at Skaneateles Country Club (3344 W Lake St, Skaneateles, NY 13152)


Photo of the Smart Family
The Smart Family

The 16th Annual
Musical Feast for the Eyes & Ears Gala Celebration
Honoring the Smart Family.
Cocktails, Live & Silent Auctions, Dinner, and Dancing...

We are proud of the accomplishments of the organization over the past
101 years and recognize that we could not have delivered on our mission without the support of our sponsors, benefactors, and friends. Your donation is tax-deductible.


Contact us for more information on Sponsorship or Tickets:

Beginner ASL (Part I) – designed for the beginning student – February 26 - April 16,
Monday 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 –  February 28 - April 18, Wednesday 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"

NOTICE: This Workshop has been postponed. Please check back soon for more information.

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?”

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