East Central Region

Our Service Area

The East Central Region encompasses the following states:

District of Columbia
West Virginia

What We Do

Our regional offices bring HKNC resources to you. Your regional representative knows all about the programs and services that are available to DeafBlind individuals, their families and service providers in your state and beyond, and can help you find and access the ones that are right for you.

Whether you’re interested in learning about support services near your home, would like to take advantage of the technology available through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program or want to explore the possibility of training at our national headquarters, your regional representative is your link to all that HKNC has to offer ─ consultation, advocacy, assessment, training, referrals and more.

Regional Representative

Cynthia L. Ingraham
Cynthia Ingraham

Cynthia L. Ingraham, East Central Representative for the Helen Keller National Center for 32 years. Dr. Ingraham completed her doctoral degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has authored numerous monograph chapters on transition issues for youth with sensory disabilities and more than two dozen articles on the education and rehabilitation needs of consumers with physical and sensory disabilities. Dr. Ingraham volunteers with New Life, Inc., a wheelchair sports program for youth with physical disabilities in the Metro Washington, D.C. area, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and aging-in-place programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Dr. Ingraham is also a freelance writer for About Time Magazine, Inc., based in Rochester, New York writing on social and educational issues within the African American Community.

Contact Information

Cynthia Ingraham (Regional Representative)

Email: cingraham@helenkeller.org

Priscilla Acosta-Feliz (Administrative Assistant)

Email: pacosta-feliz@helenkeller.org

14440 Cherry Lane Court, Suite 214

Laurel, MD 20707

Voice: 240-786-6534

VP: 806-344-8068

Local Events

Are you interested in getting involved in the DeafBlind community in the East Central Region? Your regional representative can provide information about social gatherings, conferences, listservs and more. Check this space for announcements about upcoming events or contact your regional representative to request email notifications.

Local Resources

You need answers about what’s out there for you, and HKNC has them.

Ask your regional representative about:

  • The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
  • Local services and referrals
  • On-site assessment, consultation and training
  • Making connections with other individuals and families within the deaf-blind community
  • Technical assistance and in-service training
  • Plans for youth transitioning from educational programs to post-educational services
  • Educational materials and presentations about the capabilities and preferences of people with combined vision and hearing loss

If the services you need are not available in your area, you might want to consider exploring HKNC headquarters in New York as an option for assessment and training. Check out our FAQs and contact your regional representative for more information.

Local Organizations

HKNC maintains relationships with various government agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve DeafBlind individuals. Your regional representative can connect you with the best contacts at each organization