On-Site Training


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.

A Two-Part Hybrid Course Beyond Arms’ Reach: O & M Curriculum Made Accessible for Travelers who are Deaf-Blind

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.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS: This course is for professionals who are either teaching or supervising in the field and qualify in one of the following categories:

 — Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS)

 — National O&M Certificants (NOMC)

 — Agency trained mobility instructors with 5 years of experience under a certified specialist

 — Guide dog mobility instructors

 — Individuals supervising O&M services

 — Individuals supervising deaf-blind services

 — Deaf-blind specialists

Each applicant will be individually considered. Sign language skills are not required.  If you are uncertain about applicant qualifications please contact call the Helen Keller National Center at 516-944-8900 ext 233 or email PLD@hknc.org


Part I – Online: Friday, October 26 — Thursday, November 8, 2018  (PASS/FAIL)

Part II – On-Site: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 through Friday, November 16, 2018 

 Tuesday — 9:00 am – 4:30 pm; Evening activity in NYC (required); dinner and train at least $25

 Wednesday — 9:00 am – 8:30 pm

 Thursday — 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

 Friday — 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  

COST:   $900 — Includes online training, four days of on-site training, training manual, four nights lodging at HKNC and three meals a day.  Double occupancy lodging is available at HKNC on a first come, first served basis and is included in the $900 registration fee.  Off-site lodging information and details are available by emailing pld@hknc.org.    **Tuesday night in NYC, participants are responsible for their own expenses of travel and food which will be at least  $25.  

Residence Check-in available Monday, Nov 12, 2018.  Check-out at 8:00 am on  Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Registrant cancellation policy upon request from Helen Keller National Center 

**HKNC reserves the right to cancel this training up to 15 days prior to registration deadline


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Professional Training Seminar Application

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For additional information, contact PLD@hknc.org.