Research and Accessibility Specialist

Research and Accessibility Specialist

Information Research and Professional Development (IRPD)

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 Research and Accessibility Specialist for the Department of Information Research and Professional Development (IRPD).

The Research and Accessibility Specialist position provides support to the IRPD department in developing partnerships with universities for research, providing distance learning opportunities and feedback on accessibility of materials developed by the IRPD.

Specific responsibilities are but are not limited to:   

  • Provide outreach to universities and colleges developing partnerships in research and staff development opportunities.
  • Consolidate information from research and journal publications to support course development.
  • Tests training materials, correspondence and documentation for accessibility, making recommendations when needed.
  • Conducts distance learning sessions at the request of the IRPD Director (i.e. distance braille training)
  • Researches innovative technology for distance learning.
  • Assists in the vetting of materials produced by HKNC staff.


Bachelor’s Degree in in Rehabilitation or Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Special Education or related degree is required. Master’s Degree preferred. Two years’ experience working with people who are deaf-blind strongly preferred. 

Required Skills:

Experience with accessing research, and published journal articles and ability to consolidate information to support trainings and information sharing. Knowledge of assistive technology for Deaf, blind and deaf-blind. Fluency with braille.

Strong knowledge of MS Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel).

Preferred Skills:

Knowledge of alternative methods of communication used by deaf-blind individuals.  

Experience with presentations and public speaking.

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