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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 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules requiring text messaging providers to allow Americans to send a text to 911 to get help during an emergency. The rules ensure that all wireless carriers and text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of 2014. Text-to-911 can provide a lifesaving alternative for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have a speech disability.  For more information:

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.


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