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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 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

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

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.

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!

FCC Reminds Video Programming Distributors About Obligation to Make Emergency Information Accessible on Television

On September 10, 2014, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) released a Public Notice reminding video programming distributors (VPDs) such as broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television services that deliver video programming directly to the home, of their obligation to make emergency information accessible to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired in accordance with section 79.2 of the Commission’s rules.  Under the rules, if the emergency information is shown on television, the information must be made accessible. Read More