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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

The Bureau of Engravings and Printing have announced that beginning on September 2, 2014 a pilot program will be rolled out to provide people who are blind or are visually impaired with currency readers free of charge. Starting January 2, 2015 the program will be nationally rolled out. Read more at:


Aurora of CNY, Inc. is offering free vision screening at its office at 518 James Street in Syracuse. The next screenings will be held from 11:00 a.m.until 12:00 p.m.on September 24; October 14; November 13 and December 15.

Each screening takes approximately 15 minutes; appointments can be scheduled by calling Aurora at 422-7263. Read More

Please call Aurora for further details - 422-7263

Share Your Experience Using Current Communications Technology, and
Shape Future Accessible Technology Policy Making

AFB Gathering Your Input for FCC’s Report to Congress on the CVAA

For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833


AFB wants to hear about your experience using communications technologies, such as cellphones, tablets or computers to access the web, email and text messages. We also want to share your information with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC is currently preparing a report for Congress on the extent to which the communications industry is complying with the historic Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), which became law in 2010. The CVAA requires technologies that provide so-called advanced communications services, such as electronic messaging, to be accessible either out-of-the-box or with inexpensive add-on tools. The CVAA builds on older requirements of law, specifically section 255 of the Communications Act, which requires that traditional telephone technologies also be accessible. 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 Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning
September 29-November 17, 2014

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
September 30-November 18, 2014                         

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 Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning
October 1-November 19, 2014

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 15 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.