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If you would like to become a member of AURORA of CNY, we have a variety of ways for you to donate.

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 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

An accessible voting machine known as the Ballot Marking Device (or BMD) will be available through Friday, October 31st at AURORA’s offices at 518 James Street in Syracuse, for anyone interested in learning how  to use it. Appointments can be scheduled weekdays between 10:00 am-2:00pm by calling Starr Guckert at (315)422-7263 or by emailing her at  The demonstration takes approximately 30 minutes.


EXCELLENCE- The quality or condition of being outstanding.

Do you know someone with a vision or hearing loss or someone who is Deaf who fits this description?

If you do, then we invite you to nominate them for AURORA’s Annual Excellence Awards which are given to adults and young adults who are role models and sources of inspiration for others. Read More

Melissa Phelps, 28, of Fulton is raising awareness and funds to support AURORA.  She is collecting donations in support of her participation on October 19th in the Empire State Marathon, when she will combine her passion for running with a desire to give back to an agency that has assisted her throughout her life.  Melissa was born legally blind at 26 weeks but vision loss has never been an obstacle for her.  She is a past AURORA Excellence Award winner and works as a court reporter when she is not training for a race.  “I just want to give back and let people know that there are lots of blind runners and athletes. You can do anything and don’t have to be limited by any disability,” Melissa explained.  We are grateful for her efforts and we wish her tons of luck in her upcoming run!