Rocky Mountain Region

Our Service Area

The Rocky Mountain Region encompasses the following states:

Colorado
Montana
North Dakota
South Dakota
Utah
Wyoming

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

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Laura Benge

Laura Benge (she/her/hers) is Helen Keller National Center's (HKNC’s) Rocky Mountain Regional Representative and is based out of Salt Lake City, UT. She covers 6 states in the Rocky Mountain Region and supervises the Regional Assistant and Utah Youth Services Coordinator.

Originally from Texas, Laura received her degree in Rehabilitation with an emphasis and certification in Orientation and Mobility (O&M) and a minor in Spanish Studies. Laura moved to Utah when she accepted a position with the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI) as Utah’s DeafBlind Specialist where she coordinated all of Utah’s DeafBlind Services, such as iCanConnect, the Support Service Provider Program, O&M, and Outreach Services. Laura remained with DSBVI until her acceptance of her current position with HKNC. In her free time, Laura volunteers with local Art programs and outdoor recreation programs supporting their accessibility initiatives; for fun she plays roller derby, rock climbs, and goes white water rafting on the weekends. Laura is a firm believer in equal opportunity and facilitating environments where members of the DeafBlind community can build and maintain independence, which is what drew Laura to HKNC.

Contact Information

Laura Benge (Regional Representative)

Email: laura.benge@hknc.org

Taryn Hill (Administrative Assistant)

Email: taryn.hill@hknc.org;

PO Box 271231

Salt Lake City, UT 84127

Voice: 801-518-9401

VP: 385-355-8392

Local Events

Are you interested in getting involved in the DeafBlind community in the Great Plains 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 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. Browse a list of organizations by state.