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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.

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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 the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC).

Download a copy of our most recent Annual Report (pdf document), 990 Form (pdf document), and audited financials (pdf document); read our privacy policy.

What’s New

“High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access”—read an AP article about our effort to distribute high-technology equipment to assist low-income deaf and blind consumers across the country. Yahoo News video about the equipment distribution program; and transcript of video.

James Palmero first came to HKSB in 2001 for orientation and mobility training. These days, he’s living his dream. “Helen Keller Services gave me the freedom to get around and finally teach.” Read about James on Huffington Post.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) would like to thank The Community Chest of Port Washington for their recent support of our Destiny Home, a residence that supports the lifestyles of five individuals who are deaf-blind with intellectual disabilities. The Community Chest was established in 1949 to raise funds for charities serving the Port Washington community. For more information about The Community Chest of Port Washington, please visit their website.

Coming up April 23: Lord & Taylor “Shop Smart. Do Good” Day, 9 am to 11 pm at Lord & Taylor in Manhasset, 1440 Northern Boulevard. Shop for the latest fashions at L&T and support HKNC! For more information or to buy the $5 ticket loaded with coupons, contact Marina Carroll (, 516-944-8900, ext. 1310), or Deborah Rodriguez (,718-522-2122, ext. 2204).  More details.

Jay and the Americans

Coming up May 16: Doo Wop Benefit Concert—Jay and the Americans, with special guest the Chiffons. Contracts have been signed, the ticket website is up and running, and as we speak we’re getting water and other goodies to stock the band’s backstage room! Read about this amazing event.

Details about the 24th Annual HKSB Golf Classic, June 2.

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.

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.

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