Instructor of Independent Living

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kind—providing training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living, and our regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States. Employment at HKNC is a "one-of-a-kind" experience and at HKNC, we seek employees who have a strong work ethic, strive for excellence, enjoy a challenge, and are highly motivated and creative. 

We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to join the HKNC team as a Full-Time Instructor in our Independent Living department. 


  • · Planning lessons and providing skills training in content areas of Independent Living curriculum based on the findings of the evaluation and as determined by student’s personal needs and preferences, employing appropriate techniques materials and communication preferences for HKNC. 
  • · Working on activities relating to Independent Living program development. This will include: gathering information, investigating trends, preparing adaptive and individualized resource materials and recipes for student use. 
  • · Providing information regarding Independent Living skills to professionals and family members. This may include in-service training, seminars and workshops (preparation and presentation), letter and phone consultation, on site visitors, and preparation of videotapes and other material. 
  • · Providing consultation and assistance in the food service aspects of agency and student social activities and functions. This will include holiday parties, picnics, open house, deaf-blind awareness, volunteer recognition, regional reps, affiliate activities. 
  • · Providing assistance to students in out-of-department activities. This will include: out of department assignments, lounge duty, town hall, and fire drills. 
  • · Accompanies and serves as a guide and/or facilitates communication for students when assigned. To accomplish this, it may be required to use personal vehicle on occasion. 


Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics, Rehabilitation Teaching, or Special Education required. Two years experience in teaching - preferably to sensorial impaired individuals. Prefer knowledge of Braille, sign language, and/or the one hand manual alphabet. Knowledge of Microsoft Office – MS Word and Outlook. To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to

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