Bureau of Engraving and Printing Launches Phase 2 of Money Reader Distribution Program by Melanie Brunson
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
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.
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.
We are grateful that Melissa thought of us and wish her continued success in all of her accomplishments!
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