AURORA of Central New York, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization with a 95+ year history of promoting independence, opportunity and full access for individuals of all ages who are blind, visually impaired, Deaf, hard-of-hearing, late deafened and deaf blind. The agency is dedicated to being a leader in the field and is committed to:

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healthy eatingNancy Anderson, Support Group Coordinator for People with Vision Loss is looking for people who would be interested in participating in the following programs:

Healthy Cooking Class sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Classes are usually two hours in length and run for 6-8 weeks. Classes to be held at AURORA and participants must be on SNAP.

“Walk With Ease” Program of the Office for Aging. A self-paced walking program with health related discussions for every fitness level.

We are looking for six committed participants each to begin these programs; if you are interested or would like additional information call Nancy at 315-422-7263 ext. 245

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 February 22nd.

Beginner ASL (Part I) is designed for the beginning student.  Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning Februrary 29th and ending April 18, 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 Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. beginning March 2nd and ending April 20, 2016.

Conversational ASL (Part III) is for those students that have completed the Intermediate ASL (Part II) or it's equivalent (Permission of Instructor).  Classes will be held on Friday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning March 4th ending April 22, 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.

Syracuse Stage is committed to making the theatre experience accessible to all by providing the following accommodations: American Sign Language Interpretation, Audio Description, Audio Enhancement, Open Captioning, and Wheelchair Accessibility.

American Sign Language- Interpreted Performance Series:
An American Sign Language-Interpreted performance is offered for every production. Patrons that are interested in the sign interpretation are seated in an advantageous viewing location. ...continue reading Syracuse Stage Committed to Making the Theatre Experience Accessible

On March 6, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has announced the five non-broadcast networks which will have to begin offering a minimum of four hours of video described programming per week (about 50 hours per calendar quarter) of prime time or children’s programming beginning on July 1, 2015.  These networks include the Disney Channel, the History Channel, TBS, TNT and USA. In addition, the FCC has reminded ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC that, as of July 1, 2015 they will have to expand their video description from the top 25 markets to the top 60 markets in the nation.

ESPN has filed for, and has been granted, an exception to the video description rule because most of their programming is live, not pre-taped.

Major Victory for People with Disabilities and Their Families

(Editor’s Note: This article comes to us from the National Disability Institute.)

On Dec. 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. First introduced in 2006, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.

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