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 15, February 19, March 19 and April 15, 2014.
Each screening takes approximately 15 minutes; appointments can be scheduled by calling Aurora at 422-7263. 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 $56,000 raised.
The event highlighted the accomplishments of Retina–Vitreous Surgeons, our Honorary Chairs, and their founder Dr. William Delaney. Close to three hundred guests were inspired by the testimonials of Tim Conners and Shaunna Smith and enjoyed the musical talents of concert pianist Andrew Russo. A new feature, our PAY IT FORWARD Auction, enabled us to explain our programs and services, raise money, and honor the memory of our good friend, Bruce Soden. Read More
Finding Described TV Just Got Much Easier!
The landmark Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) has begun a revolution in mainstream telecommunications and video technology accessibility. Among its many groundbreaking achievements, the CVAA mandates several of the most popular television networks to make some of their prime-time and children’s programs accessible to viewers with vision loss by adding video description. To help celebrate and promote this achievement, AFB has implemented a Described TV Listings page on their website, an online guide where visitors can determine which shows will be described as well as when they air. Read More
Abby Anderson, aged six, used to throw her hearing aids onto the floor out of frustration because she needed new ear molds so that they could fit and work properly. Her mother Michelle, a pediatric nurse, understood her child’s frustration because she is hearing impaired, as well. Even with all of her knowledge and connections, Michelle couldn’t find an appropriate provider for her daughter because, while Medicaid covered the initial cost of the aids, no Medicaid dispenser is available locally to provide the necessary upgrades and continuous follow along required for children with significant hearing loss. Michelle was told that she might have to go as far away as Cooperstown to get new hearing aids for her child. Read More
“Dedicated, hardworking, reliable,”… that’s the description given by Kelly Kiggins, Executive Director of The Hearth on James for her two newest workers, Demetrius Stevens and Michelle McClean. She was able to bring them on board through a partnership with AURORA’s Employment Services and a work force development initiative provided through the New York State Commission for the Blind known as Work Experience Training (WET). The initiative offers paid employment training for workers on a vocational track toward employment.