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
First Look: On-Campus Services
READ CONNECT! HKNC’s NEWSLETTER
Keep “connected” with what’s taking place at the Center and learn about things that are happening of interest to people who are DeafBlind.
THE TERM DeafBlind BECOMES STANDARIZED AT HKNC
Helen Keller National Center recently made the decision to replace the term “deaf-blind” with “DeafBlind” - language that is more consistent with that used by other national organizations and the DeafBlind community. This decision was made as a result of an anonymous survey of current DeafBlind staff, consumers and the HKNC Consumer Advisory Council. HKNC recognizes the value behind the term DeafBlind: That each person’s experience is unique and includes much more than his or her vision and hearing loss. HKNC continues to align its philosophy and services with this meaning and recognizes the community’s preference for the term DeafBlind.
Haptic Communication To Facilitate Braille Instruction For DeafBlind Adults
This presentation describes a research study designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of using Haptics during braille instruction.Learn more
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
Support Service Provider White Paper
This paper is the most comprehensive publication to date on SSPs. It includes information about the role of SSPs, how SSP services developed in the United States, what is currently known about how to establish and operate SSP programs and train SSPs, and challenges that exist in ensuring that high-quality SSP services are available in communities.Available in Word and PDF
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
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.
- DeafBlind 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 DeafBlind seeking employment in the rehabilitation field.
Check out HKNC’s expanded services.
Connect with those who live with, support and advocate for individuals who are DeafBlind: Family Engagement Initiative
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 Week 2022