Communication Training

Communications Overview

From sharing a moment with a family member to placing an order in a restaurant to asking a doctor a question, deaf-blind individuals face unique challenges in their daily interactions. Your quality of life hinges upon your ability to communicate effectively in real time.

At HKNC, you’ll develop communications strategies tailored to your needs. You’ll have the opportunity to learn braille, sign language, touch signals and more, working with experts in the field to identify research-based solutions that are right for you.

You’ll receive one-on-one training and participate in peer learning sessions at HKNC’s Communications Learning Center (CLC), and you’ll put your new skills to work in real world situations on the HKNC campus and in the community.

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Communications Learning Center (CLC)

The CLC offers individualized training in a variety of methods of communication including written English, Print-on-Palm, the manual alphabet, American Sign Language, and uncontracted and contracted braille. Whether you need to learn a whole new language or you just want to polish your skills, the CLC will give you the tools you need to connect with others in a meaningful way.

Practical Applications

Calling a cab. Doing your banking. Going shopping. Those are just a few examples of the many day-to-day tasks that involve communicating with the public. To get through your to-do list each day, you need communication skills and a plan. At HKNC, communication specialists will work with you to identify and master the techniques that make the most sense for your daily routine and to develop strategies to handle challenging situations with confidence.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Use strategies and tools like note-writing and communication cards to communicate more effectively in the community.
  • Identify and organize money.
  • Pay bills and interact with vendors and creditors.
  • Set up a system to keep track of payments, statements and important documents.
  • Improve your reading comprehension.

Preparation for Higher Education

Find out if college is right for you. At HKNC, you’ll explore your interests, learn about admissions requirements, sharpen your study skills and learn about assistive technology and other supports that can help you succeed in the classroom. And you’ll learn how to advocate for yourself to get the resources you need from the academic and student-service offices at your school.

During your time at HKNC, you may even have the opportunity to enroll in an entry-level class at a local college or university. You can get a taste of college life, learn firsthand what it takes to find and access supports and put your new skills to the test in a real classroom setting.


Programs are open to individuals who are deaf-blind 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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