Donations to our Aurora Borealis Festival of Lights help Central New Yorkers who are Blind, Visually Impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing. 

Recently, a scene played out at our office, as it often does.  A daughter brought her 80-something-year-old mother in to meet with our Outreach Director David DeFrancis.  Both were concerned over Mom’s recent loss of independence and interest in things she once enjoyed because of  advancing vision loss  as a result of  age-related macular degeneration.  Over the course of an hour or so, their concern turned to confidence as they learned of all the devices and assistance that is available.

Here’s a letter we received after the appointment:

Dear Dave,
      I just want to thank you for all your help! You have such a gift for working with people—especially the elderly!
      My mother left your office happy and hopeful! She couldn’t wait to call her friend to tell her about all of the items she received! She wore the sunglasses right after we left and absolutely loved them! At home, she has used both the glasses and the magnifier with the light. We also have her light set up right next to her chair to brighten here reading material. She has also used the clock on her keychain and she put the check writing guide right with her checkbook to use next week when she goes to Wegmans! She will be putting all of her addresses and phone numbers in the address box and I will help her transfer important dates from her small calendar to the large one that you gave her.
      Honestly, I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to meet with you. Your efforts have made a big difference for my formerly discouraged mother (who feared she was going to lose her vision completely!!)
      Thank you again! We appreciate everything you did for my mother!
PS. I will now reintroduce her to Solitaire with her new cards!!


Please help us continue to provide our much needed services in the Central New York community:


What if your child couldn’t hear your voice?
Hearing aids can cost $4,000 and there are over 200 children in our area who cannot afford them.

Please join us at the Kreb's (53 West Genesee Street; Skaneateles, NY)
on November 30, 2016 (6:30 pm- 8:30 pm), to raise funds for
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Featuring Guest Bartenders:

      • Tim Green, Lawyer | Former NFL Player | New York Times Best Selling Author
      • Dr. L. Ryan Smart, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialist | Syracuse Football Physician
      • J. Daniel Pluff, Host/Co-Producer “Central” Fox 68 | Sr. Vice President and Financial Advisor Morgan Stanley
      • Adam Weitsman, Owner of Upstate Shredding

All tips and donations benefit the Aurora of CNY Children’s Hearing Aid Program.

The Annual ForeSIGHT Golf Classic was held on September 12th at the beautiful Links at Erie Village in East Syracuse.  This is the 20th year of this very successful event and we would like to thank our many sponsors for their support:

  • Luncheon Sponsor: Paul DeLima Coffee
  • Dinner Sponsor:  Blue Ocean Strategic Capital
  • Gold Sponsors: Franciscan Companies; Tessy Plastics; Fust Charles Chambers;   Drs. Lawrence C. Stewart and Justin M. Dexter
  • Silver Sponsors: Anaren; Geddes Federal Savings and Loan; Koldin Law Center; Retina Vitreous Surgeons; St. Joseph's Foundation; Principal Finance Group
  • Bronze Sponsor:  Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club

...continue reading "Another Successful ForeSIGHT Golf Classic!!"

OCVI is a group of visually impaired individuals in Oswego County getting together each month for support and enjoyment!!

Please join us ~ coping with vision loss can be a difficult adjustment.  Meeting with others who have similar programs can be encouraging and helpful.  Come and attend one of our meetings and check us out.  We share hints for managing everyday tasks and we enjoy each other's company. ...continue reading "Oswego County Visually Impaired"

baby eye exam

You might be surprised to learn that 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. If left undiscovered or untreated, these problems could get worse or negatively impact a child’s ability to learn or meet developmental milestones. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. ...continue reading "When Should My Child’s Vision Be Tested?"

Aurora of Central New York will be offering American Sign Languages classes to the general public.  All classes will be held at their offices at 518 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY.

Please register before September 19, 2016.

Beginner ASL (Part I) is designed for the beginning student.  Classes will be held on Friday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning September 23, 2016 and ending November 11, 2016.

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 Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon. beginning September 24, 2016 and ending November 12, 2016.

Pre-registration is required for all classes.  No walk-in 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 and will be refunded if classes are cancelled by Aurora.  Classes require a minimum enrollment of students.  Please help us reserve your class instructor today.  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-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Aurora of Central New York is a not-for-proft agency that serves people who are Blind, Visually Impared, Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Aurora of Central New Yokr is a United Way agency.

Our annual "Musical Feast for the Eyes and Ears" would not have been possible with out the support and assistance of our many donors, who are vital for us to carry out our mission of serving people who are Blind, Deaf, Visually Impaired, or Hard of Hearing. ...continue reading "Musical Feast for the Eyes and Ears a Huge Success!!"