Important Message

During this COVID-19 pandemic, Helen Keller Services has provided an array of services to our program participants on a virtual platform. We are now pleased to announce the resumption of all of our services on an in-person basis, whether in our offices or in the homes of our participants. The HKNC campus comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services will open in Fall 2021. 

For your safety and those of others, we require that you wear a mask upon entering our facility or when receiving any of our services. Additionally, we ask that you limit the number of companions coming to any appointment with you to one (1). When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked several questions regarding any possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus and will have your temperature taken. Similar protocols will be in place for those individuals receiving field-based services. Please discuss any concerns you may have with the instructor assigned to your case.

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 colleagues. Together, we will get through this difficult period. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Fu at 516-393-7992 or mfu@helenkeller.org.

Thank you and stay healthy and safe.

Services at HKSB

HKSB's low vision clinics in Brooklyn, Hempstead and Islandia have reopened. Appointments for all locations can be made by calling 516 485-1234 ext 6615.

All HKSB services are now offered in-person. This includes: Vision Rehabilitation Therapy; Orientation & Mobility; Social Casework; Assistive Technology; Placement; and Adaptive Living for Seniors. Remote services continue to be available in certain areas for those individuals more comfortable with a virtual experience at this time.

Day Habilitation services in both our site-based program in Hempstead and our Program Without Walls in Islandia have also reopened. Transportation to the program is available. Program and van capacity will be limited to 50% to allow for social distancing if all individuals are not vaccinated. All OPWDD guidelines will be strictly enforced.

In-person learning began at our school on 180 Livingston St. on 9/21/20.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions regarding any of our programs.

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Services at HKNC

HKNC’s on-campus/residential comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program is re-opening this August, 2021. We are eager to open our doors to the vibrant adult learning community on campus following CDC, Department of Health and other agency guidelines to protect the health and safety of each individual attending our program at our beautiful Sands Point, NY campus. In order to do this, we are requiring that each participant in HKNC’s on-campus program and residing in our dormitory is vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to adhere to our strict guidelines of safety including mask wearing, regular cleaning of all surfaces and frequent use of hand sanitizer and/or handwashing. HKNC’s on-campus/residential comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program offers a full array of evaluation and training opportunities in one place. Vocational evaluation and training, orientation and mobility, communication, independent living, low vision, audiology, adaptive technology, case management, social work/counseling are all provided in one place with medical, interpreting and SSP supports. We also provide recreational activities at night and on the weekends in our residential program led by our recreation specialist.

HKNC’s NY Community Services Program (CSP) continues to provide all services to youth, working age adults and seniors living on Long Island and metropolitan area including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx and White Plains. NY CSP continues to provide employment, orientation and mobility, rehabilitation training and adaptive technology services as well as access to HKNC’s on-campus low vision and audiology services.

HKNC is pleased to announce that we are now offering a hybrid approach to services providing assessment and follow up training virtually combined with intensive comprehensive training on-campus at our Sands Point facilities. This hybrid approach to evaluation and training can be customized to meet the needs of each person requesting these services.

HKNC will continue to offer full virtual opportunities for assessment and training to youth and adult individuals across the country. HKNC has adapted its Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) to an accessible virtual format. Participants still have the opportunity to engage with and learn from other DeafBlind individuals and experienced instructors. The individualized programs may include a four- week assessment and training tailored to IPE goals with a focus on employment, adaptive technology, communication, independent living and mobility with the clinical areas of audiology, low vision and mental health counseling being offered virtually as well. An individualized training program is co-created with full participation of the Vocational Rehabilitation agency sponsor, the consumer and the HKNC transdisciplinary team of instructors. We invite each individual with their vocational rehabilitation counselor to explore the array of training options available.

A great added service is a technology/access assessment to determine the best instruction modality that would ensure full access to information and instruction. Instruction may be provided by telephone, iPhone, iPad, email, computer, videophone, FaceTime, Zoom and/or Google classroom among other virtual options.

HKNC’s field services are engaged and providing services to consumers, families and professionals. HKNC’s Deaf-Blind Specialists are offering both in-person and virtual employment services.

HKNC’s California Community Services Program is actively engaged with evaluation and training offering an array of services including orientation and mobility, independent living skills training, job development, job placement and adaptive technology services.

We are so pleased to be returning to in-person services, especially providing services at our Sands Point residential headquarters. The addition of HKNC’s virtual offerings as well as in-person opportunities is enabling us to expand our reach to provide services to more individuals than ever before. We encourage anyone to please reach and learn more about how we might be able to provide services to you or someone you know.

For more information, please contact your HKNC Regional Representative,

https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/nationwide-services  or HKNC Admissions Coordinator, Dora Carney dora.carney@hknc.org