Confident Living Program for Older Adults

Confident Living Program Overview

Are you an older adult facing new challenges due to combined vision and hearing loss? HKNC’s Confident Living Program can help you take the first steps toward maintaining an independent lifestyle.

During the five-day program, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Try out the latest in assistive technology.
  • Learn strategies to help you take care of your home, prepare for emergencies, travel safely, enjoy leisure activities and more.
  • Find out about services and resources that are available to you.
  • Meet with an elder lawyer, a consulting optometrist and a certified audiologist.
  • Interact with people age 55 and over who know exactly what you are going through.

If you think the program is right for you, but you can’t — or don’t want to — travel to HKNC headquarters in Sands Point, New York, you can get the CLP experience closer to home.  Contact your regional rep to find out when the program is coming to a city near you.

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Information Exchange

We know you have questions: What do I do in an emergency? Can I still cook? What’s a cochlear implant? Do I need a guide dog? How do I figure out what adaptive equipment is right for me? Where can I go for help?

At HKNC, we'll give you the answers or help you to find them. You’ll get expert advice in real time, and you’ll leave with a booklet that covers everything you’ve learned and points you toward additional resources. Moreover, with only six people in each class session, you and your classmates will have ample opportunities to share your experiences and learn from each other.

Basic Training

Take back as much control as possible by learning the basics of coping with combined vision and hearing loss. You’ll get a sampling of the training in our core service areas, including assistive technology, communications, independent living, and orientation and mobility. Working one-on-one with instructors to identify your strengths and weaknesses, you’ll receive invaluable tips that will help you to live your life to the fullest.

  • Learn to use adaptive equipment in the kitchen.
  • Find out about accessibility features on your mobile device.
  • Master the basics of safe travel.
  • Get tips for communicating with loved ones, dealing with background noise and more.

Next Steps

At the conclusion of the program, your instructors will prepare a report assessing your skill level. If you need additional training in certain areas, we can help you find a program near your home, or we can work with your state agency to make arrangements for you to train at HKNC headquarters in Sands Point, New York.


Learn more about resources available to people age 55 and over with combined vision and hearing loss.


Programs are open to individuals who are DeafBlind as defined in the Helen Keller Act. Government funding often is available. Your regional representative can answer questions about admission requirements, transportation, funding sources and more.

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