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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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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