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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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Helen Keller National Center and the American Association of the Deaf-Blind seek immediate action to prevent service disruption on November 14th that threatens the ability of people who are Deaf-Blind to make phone calls.  CLICK HERE to read press release.


Photo: female artist stands next to painting. Dark background, blue waves, pink head with green leaves on right side of head to the right of white tree trunkOn Friday, November 7 the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) held an art reception for the community. Reflections was a unique artist showcase featuring the work of four Master Artists who have shared their gifts with current and former students of HKNC, and the reflective works of art that HKNC students have created.

The Master Artists included in the exhibition were: Kiki Valdes, an expressionistic painter who specializes in murals; Alex Racine, a sculptor who specializes in large scale sculpture; Raisa Nosova, who specializes in drawing; and Ruth Poniarski, who came to HKNC to teach a “Master Class” on large scale acrylic painting and composition.

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HKNC is pleased to announce a new reference guide of ASL signs used to describe technology. A series of videos, organized by category and alphabetically, are presented in ASL, voice, text and with text transcripts of how to produce the signs. Click here to go to Signs of Technology: An ASL Resource



Meet the Students - Joey A.

Joey A video - text transcript


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...

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HKNC Conference Center  is High Tech

Through a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, HKNC was able to improve the high tech capability of the Leona and Harry B. Photo: seminar participants sit around tables in conference center. Large screen display behind the presenters shows demonstrations.Helmsley Conference Center to accommodate individual visual, auditory, and communication needs of all groups using the Center.   The new technology has been particularly effective during our Train the Trainer Technology training series, where many of the participants and instructors are deaf-blind and blind.  

Of particular value in the Conference Center is a closed circuit camera system which enables participants with low vision to view the screen of the device being demonstrated as well as watch the movement of the instructor's hands through an aerial camera above the demonstration table.  A mobile large screen TV and 2 smaller mobile screens display the same content and can be positioned throughout the Conference Center according to individual visual preferences.  Platform interpreters can watch presentations on the large screen mobile TV placed in front of them so they don’t have to constantly turn around to see what is being demonstrated behind them.

Staff in remote locations can participate in in-service meetings or other events anywhere on the HKNC campus through a mobile conference unit with a large screen display, a webcam, and a computer. 



WiFi and Cell Phone Access at HKNC campus


We are often asked about the WiFi and cell phone access at HKNC....(CLICK HERE to read more)




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

        Click here to learn more about "iCANCONNECT" - the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

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

        "iCanConnect Helps Deaf-Blind Americans Access the Internet"


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



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