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
If you enjoy going to a live performance play but are frustrated because you can’t see or hear what’s going on, then this is for you. Since 2011, Syracuse Stage has been making it’s plays accessible to people with disabilities. During the run of each play, at least one performance is interpreted by a qualified interpreter, offers CART (Computer Assisted Real Time Captioning), and audio description. In addition, Syracuse Stage provides an FM system or loop for people who are hard-of-hearing and wheelchair accessible seating. Read More
According to the Regal Cinemas Group, which owns and operates theaters at Destiny USA, Great Northern Mall and Shoppingtown, all three locations now have both closed captioning and descriptive video for guests who have hearing or vision loss.
Closed captioning is provided right in front of your seat so it doesn’t distract other movie goers and descriptive video is provided through a headset. Closed captioning shows you in real time what is being said during the movie. Descriptive video, which is somewhat newer, provides an individual with a visual impairment with information on the non-verbal action throughout the movie. This includes description of the scenes, costumes, facial expressions, and body language. This information is provided between natural pauses in the conversation on-screen so you don’t miss anything. Read More