Important Message

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, we are committed to protecting our stakeholders and to comply with New York State law and guidelines. As such, all of the Helen Keller Services (HKS) offices, which include Helen Keller Services for the Blind in Hempstead, Brooklyn and Islandia, and Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, remain closed until further guidance from our governor, Andrew Cuomo.  At this time, NY state remains on “PAUSE” through June 15, 2020 and all non-essential workers are directed to work from home. Employees on site will be limited to those necessary for the implementation of remaining consumer services, including two HKS group homes and other necessary functions and operations across the organization. 

HKNC is offering peer collaborative virtual learning opportunities at no cost. Current and former HKNC students and/or others are invited to participate in active discussions on a variety of topics. Click here to see an updated schedule of programs https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/peer-learning-groups

HKSB is currently offering virtual learning opportunities to our current consumers, as well as support groups for health and wellness. Remote learning continues for our children in the Children’s Learning Center and a pre-vocational program has begun for our teens.  

At Helen Keller Services for the Blind and Helen Keller National Center, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of those we are honored to serve and the wonderful men and women we are honored to call our employees.  Together, we will get through this difficult period.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HKS Chief of Staff Mary Fu at 516-393-7992 or mfu@helenkeller.org 

Thank you.

Kim Zimmer

HKS President and CEO