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 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

Laura Benge
Laura Benge

Laura Benge joined the HKNC team in November of 2017 as the regional representative for Region 8. Laura has a degree in Rehabilitation with an emphasis and COMS certification in Orientation and Mobility from Stephen F. Austin State University.  She also has a minor in Spanish studies.  

Prior to assuming her position with HKNC, Laura worked as Utah’s DeafBlind Specialist. In that position she provided case-management services, coordinated Utah’s DeafBlind Support Service Provider Program, worked closely with vocational rehabilitation counselors, and administered services for the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.  The Region 8 office is now located in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Laura resides.    

 

Contact Information

Laura Benge (Regional Representative)

Email: laura.benge@hknc.org

Taryn Hill (Administrative Assistant)

Email: taryn.hill@hknc.org

1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 175

Seattle, WA 98144

Voice: 801-518-9401; Assistant Voice: 206-324-9120

VP: 385-355-8392; Assistant VP: 206-452-7970

Local Events

Are you interested in getting involved in the deaf-blind 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 deaf-blind individuals. Your regional representative can connect you with the best contacts at each organization. Browse a list of organizations by state.