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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.

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

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

A huge thank you goes out to all of the players, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who helped make our 18th Annual ForeSIGHT Golf Classic a success!  Golfers enjoyed magnificent weather for the day at the Links at Erie Village that ended with a delicious meal and inspirational message from Monica Johnson and Honorary Chair Mr. Paul Drescher.  Master of Ceremonies Doug Logan kept us entertained with Team Blue Ocean Strategic Capital repeating their first place finish again this year. Read More