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NDEAM Webinar: The Journey to Successful Employment: A Panelist Discussion

Oct 18 - Oct 18, 2023


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Event Summary

Join us as we have a panel of people who are DeafBlind, blind or have low vision to discuss their successes and struggles with finding employment. They will share some key takeaways that may support others who are experiencing similar situations. This session will be facilitated by Jayne K. Smith and Debbie Fiderer. ASL interpreting and captions will be available on Zoom.

Video Transcript

On October 18 the Journey to Successful Employment webinar will be a panel discussion. The panelist will include people who are DeafBlind, blind, or have low vision. They will share their experiences related to finding successful employment. The panelist will also provide advice from their own experiences. The session will provide ASL interpretation and captions. [End of Transcript]

Event Details

When: Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 2-4pm EST

Cost: $25

Free Registration: DeafBlind, low vision, and blind participants are eligible for complimentary attendance to this training session. In order to receive this special offer, please contact HKNC at

Audience: Job seekers, CRP’s, and VR counselors

Level: Beginner to advanced

Credits: ACVREP CE Hours: 2.0; CRC CEU Hours: 2.0

Accessibility Statement: Helen Keller Services (HKS) aims to be inclusive and accessible to all individuals, especially the target audience for this webinar series: professionals who work with DeafBlind, low vision, and blind individuals. All HKS trainings include ASL and Spoken English interpretation, captions, audio descriptions and transcripts. We understand the importance of accommodating diverse needs and ensuring equal opportunities for learning. If you require alternative accommodations, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the training event at We look forward to welcoming you to our training program and ensuring an enriching experience for all participants.


Jayne K. Smith

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Jayne K. Smith joined Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) as an Employment and Training Specialist in 2017. She is a Career Development Specialist, Instructor, and Facilitator with over 15 years’ experience in professional development training, relationship building, program coordination, and coaching. At HKSB, she develops employment opportunities and work experience training for blind and visually impaired individuals, facilitates work-readiness training programs, and provides coaching and mentoring to her participants. Previously Jayne has worked as an In-Store Facilitator at Whole Foods Market (WFM), an Instructor in Leadership & Career Development at Con Edison of New York, and an Adjunct Instructor at the College of New York. She has also worked for the US Government and The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) doing international business development and training. Jayne has a Master of Arts in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan University.

Debbie Fiderer

A smiling white woman with shoulder length gray-brown hair wearing a blue collared shirt in front of a black background. Debbie Fiderer is the Coordinator of the New York Community Services Program at Helen Keller National Center (HKNC). She has been engaged in providing vocational rehabilitation services and supporting DeafBlind individuals in achieving their life and employment goals for over 20 years at HKNC. Prior to HKNC, she worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at a private non-profit agency serving the general disability community in New York City.


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