Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths & Adults (HKNC)


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    DeafBlind Awareness Week 2021Learn more

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    Giving people who are DeafBlind the tools to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.Learn more about HKNC

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    HKNC Professional Learning Department (PLD) offers online courses for professionals working with individuals who are DeafBlind.Learn more

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    HKNC offers a Professional Learning and Leadership Institute (PLLI) for individuals who are DeafBlind seeking employment in the rehabilitation fieldLEARN ABOUT PLLI

Experience HKNC

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

Announcing the Latest Edition of CONNECT!

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

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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

Resources for Consumers and Professionals during COVID-19

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

Now Offering:

The HKNC Professional Learning Department (PLD) offers online and hybrid courses. 

Click here to learn more about HKNC's PLD

HKNC offers a Professional Learning and Leadership Institute (PLLI) for individuals who are deaf-blind seeking employment in the rehabilitation field.  

Click here to learn more about HKNC's PLLI

Check out HKNC’s expanded services:  

Click here to learn more. 


CONNECT!, HKNC's electronic newsletter is now live.

Click here to read the latest newsletter!

HKNC Locations

HKNC operates a residential training facility at our headquarters in Sands Point, New York.

Check out our FAQs about training at HKNC headquarters.

Our national network of regional offices brings HKNC resources to your neighborhood.

HKNC Locations
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National Registry

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 Voices

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"I know what it's like to struggle to learn braille."

-Maricar, Instructor

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"Learning mobility gives you true independence"

-Adriana, Student

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"My training has made me more of a complete person."

-Joey, Student

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

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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