Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths & Adults (HKNC)
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Live. Live your life on your terms.
Work. Prepare for a great job, pursue your passion or devote yourself to a cause.
Thrive. Define success in your own way—and achieve it.
At HKNC, you'll find the training, resources and support to make all this possible
Our team of experts will work closely with you to develop an individualized action plan tailored to your needs and goals, and everything you learn will have practical, real world applications. One-on-one training, cutting-edge technology, hands-on learning and the opportunity to interact with people who know firsthand the challenges you face—it's all part of the HKNC experience.Learn More About HKNC
The FALL 2020 issue of the Helen Keller National Center’s CONNECT! is NOW available. This online publication keeps you informed about the many activities at HKNC. Read about:
· New leadership at Helen Keller Services and HKNC
· Remote Learning in a Pandemic
· New Grants of interest
· Update on remote learning across the country
· DeafBlind Awareness Week 2020
· AND MORE.
Virtual Youth Vocational Program
In response to COVID-19, HKNC continues to address the access that young adults with combined vision and hearing loss have to services provided under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).Learn about our Virtual Youth Vocational Program
Virtual Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Program (CVRP)
HKNC's CVRP is now virtual so you still have the opportunity to learn from peers and professionals and stay safe at home. Follow the link below to learn more about the program.Learn about HKNC's Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Zoom Video-Conferencing: Accessibility Practices for People who are DeafBlind
HKNC announces a new resource: Zoom Video-Conferencing: Accessibility Practices for People who are DeafBlind.Learn more about this exciting new resource
Employer Survey on Supervising Employees Who Are DeafBlind
At HKNC, we strive to provide excellent employment services to people who are deafblind. Understanding the information and training needs of employers is an important part of this process. If you have supervised an employee who is deafblind within the past two years, please help us by filling out our online survey. We also encourage you to pass along the survey link below to employers in your network.Employer Survey
Virtual Summer Youth Programs
In a time when distance learning ensures your safety, HKNC has adapted our New York programs to online so that you still have the opportunity to learn from other deafblind individuals and our experienced professionals.
We are all looking forward to better days but they may take a little longer to get here. HKNC is offering a virtual option for the 2021 summer youth programs. HKNC will evaluate the feasibility of in-person programs depending on the course of the pandemic and will update our information if needed at that time.Click here to learn about HKNC's Summer 2021 virtual programs for young adults
Peer Learning Groups - NEW!
NEW! Helen Keller National Center is pleased to offer peer collaborative virtual learning opportunities.Click here to see the daily schedule
Technology, Research, and Innovation Center
The Technology, Research, and Innovation Center (TRIC) is a state of the art technology center for those who are deafblind located on the campus of HKNC in Sands Point, New York. While the center is still under construction, we're excited to tell you about the areas TRIC will work to serve the deafblind community.Learn more
We have collected some resources we hope you find helpful in these unprecedented times. This page is updated frequently, so please be sure to check in regularly. Included are some resources about COVID-19 in English, Spanish, and ASL. Additionally, many individuals are working remotely or trying to continue consumer learning from home, and we have included a variety of resources (some for consumers and some for professionals). This is by no means a comprehensive list, but we hope you will find something for you or your clients.
What We Offer
- On-Campus Services
Train onsite at HKNC headquarters with experts in assistive technology, vocational services, communication, orientation and mobility, independent living and more.
- Off-Campus Services
Find out about programs, services and resources available in your community and around the country.
- Information on Combined Vision and Hearing Loss
Learn about combined vision and hearing loss—causes, demographics, career possibilities, the national registry and the life-changing work that’s being done at HKNC and beyond.
- Professional Learning
Enhance your work with the deafblind population. Get training in the latest techniques in person or online.
- Deaf-Blind Immersion Experience
For people who are deafblind and have intellectual disabilities and the staff who support them
- A Brief Description of Programs and Services
Learn about our specialized programs designed to help participants maximize their potential in the communities of their choice
The HKNC Professional Learning Department (PLD) offers online and hybrid courses.
HKNC offers a Professional Learning and Leadership Institute (PLLI) for individuals who are deaf-blind seeking employment in the rehabilitation field.
Check out HKNC’s expanded services:
CONNECT!, HKNC's electronic newsletter is now live.
HKNC maintains a confidential national registry of people who are deafblind. The information we collect informs our research and program planning, and enhances our advocacy efforts.National Registry
HKNC students tell their stories in their own words
Students at HKNC talk about their personal experiences while at the center. Hear their stories in their own words.Click here to hear students talk about their personal growth and experience while at HKNC
DeafBlind Awareness 2020
In recognition of the achievements of people who are deafblind, the Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths & Adults (HKNC) celebrates the third week in June as “Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week.”Click here for DeafBlind Awareness 2020