About HKNC


Man on mobile device, man and woman looking at plants, and woman with guide dog in HKNCs Sensory Garden.

Fostering self-empowerment in the deaf-blind community for nearly five decades.

Who We Are

Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind—providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss.

Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living, and our regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States.

Our instructors are sensitive to the cultural differences between students with different levels of hearing and vision loss and varying educational backgrounds, providing individualized training and guidance to each student.

HKNC also is a leader in professional learning, “training the trainers” to work with the deaf-blind community.

HKNC is the national division of Helen Keller Services, which also includes Helen Keller Services for the Blind, a regional division serving the New York City/Long Island area.


Explore our beautiful residential training facility in Sands Point, New York, and our national network of regional offices.

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HKNC’s leadership team is committed to fostering self-advocacy and community development, giving people who are deaf-blind the tools to be change agents for themselves and others.

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