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Welcome to the

Helen Keller National Center

for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) 

Our mission: to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live, work, and thrive in their community of choice.

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WHAT'S NEW?

Dr. Robert J. Smithdas, Former Director of Community Education, Passes Away at Age 89  CLICK HERE to read more...

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CELEBRATING SUCCESS AT HKNC!

HKNC YOUNG ADULT SUMMER PROGRAM      

 

The 18th Annual Young Adult Summer Program was recently held at HKNC headquarters in New York. This two-week program offers 8 high school/transition age young adults an opportunity to learn about future options related to college, work, and apartment living as well as to meet other young adults who are deaf-blind from across the country. A team of former HKNC students and a current student usually serve as co-facilitators and mentors of the program...(Click here to read more)

 

 

REVIVING A CAREER – ED’S STORY - Former HKNC student, Ed B. has Usher syndrome but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his dream of owning his own woodworking shop...

FORMER STUDENT,  NOW AN INTERN - HKNC offers college students at the bachelor’s and master’s level an opportunity to explore careers in the field of deaf-blindness through the Professional Experience Program at its headquarters in New York...

HANDS ACROSS THE WATER - At HKNC students and staff are always interested in broadening their knowledge of people who are deaf-blind in different parts of the world... 

ON THE ROAD WITH AN HKNC MOBILITY CLASS -  During their training at HKNC, students experience real life situations and, in some cases, work together in a group to accomplish their goals...

 

EMPLOYMENT SUCCESS STORY - At the recent “7th Annual Employment and Visual Impairment Conference on Policy and Practice” held at Baruch College in New York City, current HKNC Community Service Program (CSP) consumer Dora L. spoke about her vocational training at HKNC and her employment opportunities while receiving services from the CSP...

 

"WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HER FRIENDS" - HKNC student Ivy S. had long dreamed of running a marathon.  At an early age, she discovered her love for running and, over the years, participated in cross country and track events...

 

PEER TO PEER LEARNING - One of the expanded learning options available to consumers participating in the HKNC Program is the tremendous amount of peer learning that takes place outside of the regular classroom...

 

GAINING INDEPENDENCE ONE STEP AT A TIME - The Orientation and Mobility (O&M) staff at HKNC work together with each student to improve their overall confidence while traveling independently by using proper equipment, tools, and researched strategies... 

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HKNC FALL CONFIDENT LIVING PROGRAM for Senior Citizens

Are you age 55 or better? Do you have vision AND hearing loss? Maybe the Confident Living Program  is for you!

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DID YOU KNOW

 

We are often asked about the WiFi and cell phone access at HKNC. All three buildings on the HKNC campus have WiFi access points to provide internet access for all staff and students. Each dormitory room has a hardwire connection for laptops or desktops and Ethernet cables are available upon request. Video phones through Sorenson and Purple are available throughout the campus and VOIP phones are available for consumers who communicate aurally. There are Verizon boosters in select areas around the campus to help increase signal strength and ensure uninterrupted communication access.

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NATIONAL DEAF-BLIND EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM (NDBEDP)

Read how the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program continues to change lives:

Government Technology article on NDBEDP featured the New York Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

        "iCanConnect Helps Deaf-Blind Americans Access the Internet"

        "HIGH-TECH ITEMS GIVING DEAF-BLIND ONLINE ACCESS"

        CLICK HERE for Transcript of embedded video about the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.  

        "iCANCONNECT" - the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

        If you are deaf-blind, you may qualify for free telecommunications devices and training!

        Click here to learn more. 

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LEARN ABOUT TECHNOLOGY used by people who are deaf-blind through HKNC's new videos:

 

Text version of script

 

CLICK BELOW  to view "Communications Technology for People Who are Deaf-Blind" (CC with descriptive video)

 

 

 CLICK BELOW to view "Communications Technology for People Who are Deaf-Blind" (with ASL)

 

 

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 STAY INFORMED

 

        CONNECT!  with HKNC - Read our latest CONNECT! enewsletter

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

        Join our Team - CHECK HERE FOR Employment Opportunities at HKNC

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