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AURORA of Central New York, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3  not-for-profit organization with a 90+ year history of serving 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:  Read More

AURORA of Central New York will be offering American Sign Language classes to the general public.  All classes will be held at their offices at 518 James Street, Suite 100.

Beginners ASL (Part I) is designed for the beginning student.
Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning
June 17, 2015 – August 5, 2015

Intermediate ASL (Part II)is for those students that have completed the Beginner ASL (Part I) or it’s equivalent (Permission of Instructor)
Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning
June 16, 2015-August 4, 2015                   

Conversational ASL (Part III) – is for those students that have completed the Intermediate ASL (Part 2) or it’s equivalent (Permission of Instructor)  Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning
June 15-August 3, 2015

Pre-registration is required for all classes.  No walk-ins will be accepted.  The fee for these eight week courses is $100.00 which includes all instructional materials.  Payment is due at the time of registration.  The class requires a minimum enrollment of 8 students and a maximum of 20 students.  Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to register or have any questions, please contact AURORA at 422-7263 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m.and 4:30 p.m.

On March 6, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced the 5 non-broadcast networks which will have to begin offering a minimum of 4 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.

Nancy Anderson & Chad Norton

Chad Norton is a man with a mission.  His efforts to beautify the city and enrich the community through the development of Webster’s Pond, off of Valley Drive, has led to an outpouring of community support.

So far he turned what should have been a five year plan into an 8 month project that built a fully accessible trail around the pond so people in wheelchairs could enjoy the entire grounds.  He did this by engaging the help of Saunders Concrete and Covanta Energy along with other generous donors. Read More

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. Read More