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 remain suspended. 

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 HKS Chief of Staff 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.

We have also resumed face to face services in our orientation and mobility, vision rehabilitation therapy, adaptive living, assistive technology, placement and social work departments. Remote services continue to be available 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. All OPWDD guidelines will be strictly enforced.

In-person learning will start at our school on 180 Livingston St. on 9/21/20. We will continue to offer remote and or hybrid learning for any parent who wishes their child to continue with this mode of instruction after 9/21.

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

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Helen Keller Services Children’s Learning Center Reopening / Safety Plan

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Services at HKNC

HKNC’s on-campus/residential comprehensive vocational rehabilitation program continues to be suspended due to the pandemic. We are eager to open our doors to the vibrant adult learning community on campus but at this time we are putting safety first and will open based on guidance from CDC and other authorities at some future time.

However, we are pleased to be able to resume face-to-face services through our NY Community Services Program (CSP).  We are providing all services to youth, working age adults and seniors living on Long Island and metropolitan area including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx and White Plains. The services are comprehensive and include job development and job placement, orientation and mobility skills training,  independent living skills training, adaptive technology, audiology, low vision and case work services including benefits advisement and support.  

Consumers are welcome to receive services in their home community or at the HKNC campus in Sands Point.  In addition, HKNC invites families of youth to reach out to gain resources and dialogue with the HKNC NY Youth Services Coordinator. There are many innovative options for youth including virtual peer learning opportunities, a new college prep program and work readiness group. 

HKNC offers virtual opportunities for assessment and training to youth and adults individuals living elsewhere in 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 deaf-blind 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 VR, 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 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

HKNC’s field services are also engaged and providing services to consumers, families and professionals. HKNC’s Deaf-Blind Specialists have transformed services to a virtual format and continue to offer employment services.

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

We have been so pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback and active participation by many consumers throughout the last five months. The options using technology have in some ways provided connections and training opportunities that perhaps would have been undiscovered. 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