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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

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

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 January 29, February 24, March 12, April 24, May 19 and  June 12.

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

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, the U.S. government will make free money identifiers available to any citizen of the U.S. who cannot read regular print because of blindness or a visual impairment and who completes a required application.  The good news about this program is that eligibility is no longer limited to individuals who are current patrons of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).  Any citizen of the United States who meets the eligibility requirements related to reading can apply.  It is unclear at the time of this writing whether non-citizens who are legal residents of the U.S. are also eligible, but until we are advised otherwise, we urge anyone who falls into this category to apply. Read More

 

Members of the Baldwinsville Lions Club

A huge thank you goes out to the Baldwinsville Lion’s Club for hosting a Wine Tasting Fundraising Event at the Lakeland Winery recently that resulted in a donation of $420.00 to AURORA of CNY! We value our partnership with Lion’s Clubs from across the region that share our mission of serving people with vision or hearing loss.  If you are interested in learning more about the fun and philanthropic work of the  Baldwinsville Lion’s contact 638-3328.

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 Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning
February 24, 2015 – April 21, 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 Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning
February 23, 2015 – April 20, 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 Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning
February 25, 2015 – April 22, 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.