Training programs and seminars at HKNC headquarters in Sands Point, New York, feature small classes that foster a high level of personal attention and maximize hands-on learning opportunities.
Employment: Real Outcomes For People Who Are Deaf-Blind
Two-Part Hybrid Course
Part 1 Online -- September 21 - October 2, 2020 Online participation is required for course completion.
Part 2 On-site -- October 7 - 9, 2020 at the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, NY
*CRC credits provided at completion of both online and onsite trainings
Registration Deadline -- September 7, 2020
Facilitated by Debbie Fiderer, BA, Coordinator Community Services Program & Kathy Mezack, MS, CRC Coordinator of Vocational Services
This seminar is aimed at preparing vocational rehabilitation counselors and placement specialists as well as job developers and other related professionals with knowledge and skills needed to support individuals who are deaf-blind in finding and maintaining fulfilling employment that leads to an increased quality of life.
The seminar will be held in the Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Conference Center on the campus of the Helen Keller National Center, a beautiful 25-acre facility in Sands Point, Long Island, NY. The Center is convenient to most NYC area airports. Housing is available on campus on a first come/first served basis.
This course is for vocational rehabilitation counselors and placement specialists, job developers, and other professionals in need of knowledge and skills related to supporting individuals who are deaf-blind in finding and maintaining employment.
Each applicant will be individually considered. Sign language skills are not required.
If you are uncertain about applicant qualifications please contact PLD@hknc.org
COURSE STRUCTURE: This is a two-part seminar and participation in BOTH sections is required to earn CEUs and a Certificate of Participation. Part I will be an asynchronous online segment to be completed prior to the seminar. Part II will be held at the HKNC campus and will include case-studies, work-site visits, student panels, and placement planning workshops.
Part I – Online: Monday, September 21 - Friday, October 2, 2020 (REQUIRED)
Part II – On-site: Wednesday, October 7 through Friday, October 9, 2020
Wednesday — 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday — 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday — 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
COST: $900 — Includes online training, three days of onsite training, training materials, three nights lodging and three meals a day. Housing is available on campus on a first come first served basis and all rooms are double occupancy. For information about on-campus rooms or local hotels, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Click here for the Employment Flyer in PDFClick here for the Employment Flyer in Word
Support Service Provider Training
Two-Part Hybrid Course
Part 1 Online -- March 9-20, 2020 Online participation is required for course completion
Part 2 On-site -- March 24, 2020 9am-4pm (lunch will be provided at the on-site training)
Facilitated by Maricar Marquez, MS
Support Service Providers (SSPs) are specially trained individuals who enable people who are deaf-blind to access their environment and make informed decisions by providing them with visual and environmental information, human guide services, and communication facilitation. HKNC is creating a core group of SSP’s to support the needs of deaf-blind students and HKNC staff. This deaf-blind led training prepares participants to become HKNC SSPs. The hybrid course includes a pre-seminar, which consists of a series of video presentations and demonstrations followed by an on-site portion where participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from deaf-blind professionals and students while engaging in hands-on activities and group discussions.
Earn Extra Money While Gaining Hands-On Experience!
HKNC hires SSPs on a fee-for-service basis ($20.00/hr.). All HKNC SSPs must complete our training and will receive ongoing supervision, support, and training.
Who can apply:
We are looking for people who are interested in learning skills and strategies that will enable them to empower individuals who are deaf-blind by providing them with access to their environment. ASL skills are recommended but not required. While many deaf-blind people use sign language, there are many others who rely on speech or text as their primary modes of communication.
This cost will be REDUCED TO $25.00 for Participants who are ready to commit to providing at least 25 hours of paid SSP service for HKNC staff and/or students within the next six months.
Register ASAP--Limited Space is Available for this Exciting Training Program.Click here for the Support Service Provider Training Flyer in PDFClick here for the Support Service Provider Training Flyer in Word
Beyond Arms' Reach - O&M Curriculum Made Accessible for Travelers who are Deaf-Blind
Two-Part Hybrid Course
Part 1 Online — May 10th – May 23rd, 2020 Online participation required for course completion (PASS/FAIL)
Part 2 On-site — May 26-29, 2020 at the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, NY
Dr. Eugene Bourquin, COMS, LVT, Interpreter-Retired
Dona Sauerburger, MA, COMS
Monica Godfrey-Lehrer, MA, COMS
The focus of this intensive, hands-on seminar will be service provision for people who are deaf-blind and to all consumers with a combined vision and hearing loss, particularly travelers using sign language as their primary communication mode. Participants will acquire the tools, strategies, and resources needed to teach a comprehensive O&M program to adults who are deaf-blind. Insights into deaf-blind culture and community will be explored.
This seminar is geared towards the O&M specialist currently working with, as well as those interested in teaching deaf-blind consumers. Observer status seats will be offered to students of University programs in O&M or individuals who are directly supervising O&M specialists who are interested in teaching Deaf-Blind consumers, upon availability.
35 CEU credits provided at completion of both online and on-site trainings.
COST: $900 Includes online and onsite training, training materials, and four days lodging and meals**.
Registration deadline – April 17th, 2020Click here for the Professional Training Seminar Flyer in PDFClick here for the Professional Training Seminar Flyer in Word
Professional Training Seminar ApplicationClick here for the Professional Training Seminar Application in PDF.Click here for the Professional Training Seminar Application in Word.
For additional information, contact PLD@hknc.org.