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YOU’RE INVITED!
Share Your Experience Using Current Communications Technology, and
Shape Future Accessible Technology Policy Making

AFB Gathering Your Input for FCC’s Report to Congress on the CVAA

For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833
MRichert@afb.net

Background

AFB wants to hear about your experience using communications technologies, such as cellphones, tablets or computers to access the web, email and text messages. We also want to share your information with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC is currently preparing a report for Congress on the extent to which the communications industry is complying with the historic Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), which became law in 2010. The CVAA requires technologies that provide so-called advanced communications services, such as electronic messaging, to be accessible either out-of-the-box or with inexpensive add-on tools. The CVAA builds on older requirements of law, specifically section 255 of the Communications Act, which requires that traditional telephone technologies also be accessible. 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.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing –U.S. Department of the Treasury

As an interim measure in advance of issuing tactile-enhanced Federal Reserve notes, the BEP is providing currency readers, free of charge, to eligible blind and visually impaired individuals.

The BEP recently announced its distribution plans for the U.S. Currency Reader Program.  Details of the announcement can be found in a press release issued on Thursday, July 3, 2014, and another released on Monday, July 14, 2014. Read More

We want to thank all of our supporters, sponsors and those who attended this year’s Musical Feast for the Eyes and Ears Fundraiser. It was a huge success with over $ 60,000 raised.

The event honored the Pluff Family:  J. Daniel, Diane, Anna and Sophia for their generosity and vision in initiating AUROA’s Children’s Hearing Aid Program.    Close to three hundred guests were inspired by the testimonials of April Hathaway, whose son received a hearing aid through the program and Wes and Vicki Fleming along with their daughter Beth, who attended the Pre-College Program. Read More

If you are interested in learning what your rights are when interacting with police officers, you can check out a video on the American Civil Liberties Union website at https://www.aclu.org/know-your-deaf-rights-what-do-when-dealing-police. The link will take you to a video  featuring Marlee Maltin (whose husband is a police officer) and explains what you should do if you are stopped by the police.  The video is signed, voiced and open captioned.