About Helen Keller Services for the Blind

Contact HKSB

photo of child participating in an HKSB workshop

For information about HKSB Services & Programs

General information

Brooklyn, (718) 522-2122

Hempstead, (516) 485-1234

Ronkonkoma, (631) 424-0022

Sands Point, (516) 944-8900

Communications and Development

Deborah Rodriguez (718) 522-2122, ext. 2204 or

Rehabilitation Services

Frank Primeggia, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2203

Client Placement Department/Employment Services

Frank Primeggia, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2203

Low Vision Clinics

Brooklyn, (718) 522-2122

Hempstead, (516) 485-1234, ext. 618

Ronkonkoma, (631) 424-0022

Sands Point, (516) 485-1234, ext. 618

Camp Helen Keller

Frank Primeggia, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2203 or email

Children’s Learning Center

Early Intervention (Home- and Center-Based)

Garth White, Principal, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2323


Haviva Novogroder, Intake and Evaluation Coordinator, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2321

Garth White, Principal, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2323

Children’s Saturday Program

(631) 424-0022 or email

College Prep Program

Joanne Labriola, (516) 485-1234, ext. 602 or email

Evaluation for Children’s Learning Center

Haviva Novogroder, Intake and Evaluation Coordinator, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2321

Garth White, Principal, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2323

Pre-Vocational Training

Liz Meade, (718) 522-2122, ext. 2295

Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Lorraine LoCurto, (516) 485-1234, ext. 610

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Addresses & Directions


57 Willoughby Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 522-2122

Fax: (718) 935-9463

E-Mail: info@helenkeller.org


2, 3, 4, 5 Subway to Borough Hall; 2, 3 to Hoyt Street; or A, F, C, R Subway to Jay Street—MetroTech


One Helen Keller Way

Hempstead, NY 11550

(516) 485-1234

Fax: (516) 538-6785


From Southern State Parkway: Take Peninsula Blvd. North exit, Exit 19N toward Hempstead. Merge onto Peninsula Blvd. Turn Left onto Main Street. Turn right onto Fulton Avenue/NY-24/Bethpage Turnpike/Hempstead Turnpike. Turn right onto Helen Keller Way.


3385 Veterans Memorial Highway

Ronkonkoma, NY

(631) 424-0022

Fax: (631) 424-0301

Helen Keller National Center

141 Middle Neck Road

Sands Point, NY 11050

(516) 944-8900

Fax: (516) 944-7302

E-mail: HKNCinfo@hknc.org


From I-495/LI Expressway, take Exist 35, toward Midtown Tun/Eastern LI/48 Street. Merge onto I-495/LI Expressway via Exit 35E. Take Exit 36 toward Searingtown Road/Port Washington. Stay straight to go onto Nassau Blvd. Turn left onto Searingtown Road. Searingtown Road becomes Port Washington Blvd./NY-101. Port Washington Blvd./NY-101 becomes Middle Neck Road.

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HKS Trustees

Trustees Emeriti

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HKS Staff


HKSB Program Staff

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Helen Keller Services for the Blind History Timeline

archival photo of Helen Keller visiting HKSB

Helen Keller visiting with IHB employee John Gilmour (left) and IHB executive director Peter Salmon in 1945

1893 Founded.

1895 Industrial Home for the Blind (IHB) incorporates under laws of the State of New York.

1917 Services are established for people who are deaf-blind.

1920 IHB hires first professionally trained social workers.

1946 Recreation and Day Center opens for senior citizens who are blind.

1947 IHB opens nation's first comprehensive rehabilitation center for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

1952 Program for infants is established; IHB employs the state's first itinerant teacher for students who are blind on Long Island.

1953 Low Vision Clinic, the first of its kind in the nation, opens in Brooklyn; Braille and Large-Print Library opens; Camp Helen Keller opens on Long Island.

1962 Anne Sullivan Macy Program for the Deaf-Blind is inaugurated.

1967 Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is established by a unanimous act of Congress; HKSB starts Preschool Vision Screening Program on Long island.

1971 IHB adds additional children's services in Brooklyn.

1976 Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) opens in Sands Point, New York.

1979 Rehabilitation Center opens in Hempstead.

1983 Day Treatment Program for individuals who are blind and developmentally disabled opens.

1985 IHB changes its name to Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) in memory of its longtime friend and supporter, Helen Keller.

1988 Children’s Learning Center opens in Brooklyn; Del Vecchio Adaptive Technology Center opens in Hempstead.

1989 Suffolk Service Center opens in Huntington.

1990 St. Giles Adaptive Technology Training Center opens in Brooklyn.

1991 Adaptive Skills Training Program for senior citizens is established.

1992 Cooperative camping program with Boy Scouts of Suffolk County is started.

2002 Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) opens in North Bellmore to become a group home for several of our Day Treatment clients.

2003 Preschool Vision Screening Program expands to include Brooklyn.

2004 Parent & Early Education Resource Center opens in Brooklyn to provide educational and support services to parents of youngsters who are blind and/or multi-handicapped. It is the first center of its kind in Brooklyn.

Download a copy of our most recent Annual Report ( pdf / text ), 990 Form (pdf document), and audited financials (pdf document).

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