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Services for Transition-Age Youth

HKNC offers Pre-ETS services closer to home

The Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) Youth Services Coordinator (YSC) is responsible for providing direct Pre-Employment Transition Services and team coordination to DeafBlind students and youths typically 14-22 years of age.

Youth Services Coordinators work collaboratively with families, schools and state vocational rehabilitation agencies to increase opportunities for career development and skill training to prepare DeafBlind youth for entry into the workforce, so they can begin to pursue their vocational aspirations.

Our Services Include

Individualized services

Transition age students and youth receive individualized services and training to identify and develop life and work skills to facilitate a successful entry into the workforce.

Coordination of Services

HKNC’s YSC coordinates services with local educational and vocational rehabilitation transition programs to enhance learning for DeafBlind youth.

Shared Resources

Families and school professionals are able to provide and obtain assistance and resources to facilitate person-centered transitional development and learning.

Contact your regional representative to learn more about HKNC assistance.

For Families and Schools

At any time, families and schools may request assistance from HKNC’s local Youth Services Coordinator for advocacy, information and referral in pursuit of independence to live and work in the community of their choice.

Services may include:
  • Community advocacy and consultation
  • Disability awareness training
  • Employer/employee assistance (for DeafBlind youths only)
  • Home and classroom assessment

For High School Age

HKNC can offer an array of services to youth during their high school years. HKNC is committed to assisting in problem-solving to enable DeafBlind youths to maintain their independence.

Services may include:
  • DeafBlind mentoring and peer support
  • Referral assistance
  • Relocation for post-secondary educational training
  • Understanding your rights as a DeafBlind person