North Central Region

Our Service Area

The North Central Region encompasses the following states:


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 deaf-blind 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

Headshot Judy Knisely
Judy Knisely

Judy Knisely became the regional representative for Region 5 in February 2015. Prior to assuming this role, Judy served as the deaf-blind specialist for one of HKNC’s affiliate programs, Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program (ODBOP), providing assessments, outreach, counseling, advocacy and one-on-one training in independent living, employment search, braille and transition services. Judy also served as a consultant for the Ohio Center for Deaf-Blind Education, where she worked with transition-age students and their families.

Judy holds an A.A.S in ASL interpreting/transliteration from Terra Community College.

Contact Information

Judy Knisely (Regional Representative)


HKNC P.O. Box 465

Willard, Ohio 44890

Voice: 419-951-6020

VP: 419-951-0474

Local Events

Are you interested in getting involved in the deaf-blind community in the North 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 deaf-blind individuals. Your regional representative can connect you with the best contacts at each organization