Helen Keller Services for the Blind enables individuals who are blind, visually-impaired, deaf-blind and/or have combined hearing-vision loss to live, work and thrive in their community of choice.
Learn more about HKSB, including our many services and programs for children and adults, and our upcoming workshops. Our FAQ page addresses questions about who qualifies for HKSB services and how to participate in our programs.
Information about our Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC).
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Read about this eye disease.
Santa Came to Town! On December 18, the little ones from HKSB’s Children’s Learning Center had their annual visit from St. Nick—photos are here.
On Thursday, December 5, 2013 Helen Keller Services for the Blind presented a free seminar, “Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Vision” and “Retinal Disease: Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Eye Disease.” Information on the seminar and the speakers, Dr. Valerie Trubnik and Dr. Daniel Kiernan.
Helen’s Run/Walk 2013: A great time was had by all!—With picture perfect weather, Helen’s Run/Walk on Sunday, September 23rd was a resounding success! 216 individuals from the Greater New York area descended on the Sands Point Preserve for an action packed day. Top winners (including two students from HKNC) were: Male Overall Winner—Michael Blanda, Deer Park; Female Overall Winner—Lesli Hiller, New Hyde Park; Male Physically Challenged Overall Winner—Zachery Tillett, Sands Point; and Female Physically Challenged Overall Winner—Ivy Sahneyan. Many thanks to our sponsors, including TD Bank and Coldwell Banker. Photos of the event are here.
Amid fanfare and lots of cheer, the children of Camp Helen Keller “rocked the house” this year during their annual camp finale show, hosted at Adelphi University. Story and photos.
Sweet Honey in the Rock will be appearing at the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington October 12. What makes this show different is that they will have a sign language interpreter and special seating for those who are hearing impaired. More information.
The Order of Sons of Italy in America carved up a beautiful day at the end of July to hold its fourth annual Activities Day at Camp Helen Keller. Story and lots of photos.
Parents, siblings, teachers, and loved ones united on Friday, June 21 to celebrate the HKSB Children’s Learning Center’s 2013 graduating class. Story and photos.
The 23rd Annual Golf Classic took place June 3rd, and raised funds for the organization and Camp Helen Keller. Details and photos.
On June 13, the entire HKSB staff in Brooklyn celebrated Rose Romano’s 50th Anniversary with the organization. Details and photos of the celebration.
Helen Keller Services for the Blind was selected by Vision Aware as the January agency of the month. Read more.
In American Museum of Natural History “Science Sense Tours,” specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibition halls, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects. Details.
The Guggenheim offers “Mind’s Eye” programs on the first Monday and second Wednesday of every month, and a free multimedia app with Verbal Imaging description tours, for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Details in their pdf or at Guggenheim.org.
Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
Our Employment and Volunteer Opportunities page lists a number of current open positions and volunteer opportunities.
Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) is committed to providing equal treatment to all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or citizenship status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.
Each member of management is responsible for creating an atmosphere free of discrimination and harassment, sexual or otherwise. Further, employees are responsible for respecting the rights of their co-workers.