On-Site Training and Webinars


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.

Support Service Provider Training

Application deadline: October 20th

  • The online pre-seminar October 22nd to November 4th (approximately 7 hours of content to be completed within the two-week time period.
  • Onsite portion of this training is on November 5th and 6th from 9AM to 4PM at the Helen Keller National Center 141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY 11050

Training topics include:

  • What is an SSP
  • Communication Methods and Accommodations
  • Functional implications of various etiologies, visual conditions and types of hearing loss
  • Respectful Interactions
  • DeafBlind Culture
  • Human Guide and Orientation
  • Policies and Procedures

The online portion of this training will cover the foundational information allowing more time for hands on activities and discussion during the in-person portion of this training.

Apply now!! HKNC SSP Application

For more information see our page SSP Overview, or contact Sonia Hernandez at shernandez@hknc.or 


Adaptive Technology: Using VoiceOver with a Bluetooth Keyboard on iOS Devices

Dates: April 12th – 14th 1PM to 5PM

Location: Virtual training on Zoom

Presenter: Scott Davert – Scott Davert is the Coordinator of the Technology, Research and Innovation Center. He has over a decade of professional experience in providing training in the Adaptive Technology field working with professionals and consumers who are blind and DeafBlind. He has been using iOS for nearly 11 years. Mr. Davert is also a member of the Editorial staff on AppleVis, a community-driven website advocating for the accessibility  of products and apps for individuals who are blind and DeafBlind.

CEU’s available upon completion of this course:

  • 9.0 CATIS Points

  • 9.0 ACVREP Hours

Registration Deadline: March 31, 2022

Seminar Overview:

This seminar is intended for intermediate trainers of individuals who are DeafBlind and blind. VoiceOver on an iPhone has been a popular method of access for many years, many users also include accessories to utilize the operating system (iOS) more comfortably. Consumers who use speech, individuals who use a Mantis q40 and for those who prefer typing on a QWERTY keyboard instead of a braille one, Bluetooth keyboards often assist them in using their iOS Device more efficiently.

Topics in this seminar include:

  • Reasons why a DeafBlind individual may prefer a Bluetooth keyboard over other access methods

  • Descriptions of popular Bluetooth keyboards in use with VoiceOver

  • Basic navigation with a Bluetooth keyboard

  • When to configure VoiceOver differently and what works best for specific types of consumers

  • The foundations which will lead to the more advanced portion of the seminar where participants will learn how to use a Bluetooth keyboard in conjunction with VoiceOver in apps such as Messages, Notes, Mail, and Safari.

Pre-Requisite Skills: It is essential that the user has prior knowledge of how to utilize VoiceOver and the gestures to move around the operating system efficiently, the VoiceOver rotor and the ability to touch type.

Cost: $225.00 – Includes online training, time for Q&A and discussion. Participants will be provided with a Tech Guide to refer to during training and use as a resource in the future.

Accessibility: This training will be presented in spoken English. ASL interpretation will be available on screen as well as captions. Additionally, a full transcript and accessible versions of the PPT will be made available to participants.

Registration: To register for this training please contact Scott Davert at scott.davert@HKNC.org or call Pam Farney at (516) 833-8348

Professional Training Seminar Application

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For additional information, contact PLD@hknc.org.