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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.

A special “shout out” and congratulations to Melissa Phelps who successfully completed her second half marathon in 2 hours 1 minute and 23 seconds!  Her efforts benefitted AURORA in a big way as she singlehandedly raised over $1100 through sponsorships, donating all to AURORA as a way to give back.Melissa isn’t finished yet!  She plans to run in a third half marathon in February of 2015 in Daytona Beach,  Florida and is already signed up for one in Syracuse on March 22nd.    There is no doubt that she will reach her goal of running a full marathon someday.

We are grateful that Melissa thought of us and wish her continued success in all of her accomplishments!

Melissa Phelps & Debra Chaiken, President of Aurora







Taking it to the Streets to Benefit Aurora

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