Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults

General Information

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point New York 1 11050

Brief Description

Refer to our website www.hknc.org


Joseph Bruno, President and Chief Executive Officer

Sue Ruzenski, Executive Director

Services Offered

  • Assessment
    • Comprehensive assessment and diagnostic evaluation provided.

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille literacy program.

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Available through national and regional offices.

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation and technical assistance regarding deaf-blindness to schools and agencies. Assists in developing local services for deaf-blind persons via regional offices.

  • Counseling
    • Qualified mental health professional on staff to assist consumers.

  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers comprehensive rehabilitation services for people who are deaf-blind, including independent living skills, orientation and mobility, vocational rehabilitation, braille training, and through the Communication Learning Center.

  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational training.

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about deaf-blindness, refers to appropriate resources both within agency and externally.

  • Library Services
    • Provides some library services, including braille, large print, talking books and other alternate formats, for people who are deaf-blind.

  • Low Vision Devices

  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship programs in various departments of residential facility, training seminars at headquarters and nationally through a national training team.

  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreation activities such as swimming, field trips, shopping in local community, social events for students in residence.

  • Services for Seniors
    • The HKNC senior program assists service providers nationwide in developing a greater understanding of the abilities and needs of senior adults, age 55 and better, who are experiencing combined loss of hearing and vision. At our headquarters location on Long Island, NY, we host 2 separate one-week CONFIDENT LIVING PROGRAMS (CLP) for this population. One program is geared toward consumers who are blind or visually impaired and hard of hearing and who do not use sign language as their primary means of communication. The second is geared toward consumers who are deaf-blind or deaf and visually impaired and use sign language as their primary means of communication. The CLPs are designed to provide information, resources, and an introduction to skills necessary to maintain as independent a life as possible. At the conclusion of this introductory program, consumers who wish to enhance their independent living, technology, and perhaps their employment skills, may wish to return to HKNC and participate in a full training program which can last from several months to a year. For consumers who cannot, or choose not to come to NY for the Confident Living Program, we offer an alternate "On the Road Confident Living Program." HKNC partners with other agencies and organizations to host from several days, to a weekend, to a full week training program in the state or region near where the consumer lives. Since local service providers assist with the training, it can serve as in-service training for providers who may not be as familiar with providing services to older adults with both hearing and vision loss. Some of the topics covered during the CLP are: understanding my hearing and vision loss; mobility considerations; technology; home safety; elder law issues; reconnecting to my community; communication skills and strategies; self advocacy; creative arts/art therapy, and having FUN! For more information regarding HKNC's senior adult services, visit our web site (www.hknc.org) and click on Senior Adult Services,or, you may call or email: Paige Berry 804-827-029 Voice/TTY; paige.berry@hknc.org

  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.