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Breast Cancer Walk 2021

Health & Wellness Program held their Breast Cancer Walk on World Sight Day at our Islandia location.

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Miriam's Success Story

Miriam talks about her success while at HKNC

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Mary's Experience at HKNC

Mary explains her unique experience at HKNC

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Simon talks about the skills he gained at HKNC

Simon tells about the skills he gained at HKNC to be successful

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Elizabeth’s Experience at HKNC

Elizabeth's Experience at HKNC

Elizabeth shares how the training she is receiving at HKNC has changed her life.

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Annee's Experience at HKNC

Annee's Experience at HKNC: her world being re-opened.

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Ashley's Experience at HKNC

Ashley: "Completing my training at HKNC was empowering and I felt good!"

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With Yukiko Yamanouchi, the spouse of the Consul General of Japan in New York, Mrs. Akie Abe met with students and staff to learn about issues affecting individuals who are deaf-blind.

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Helen Keller Services President Joseph Bruno and Heller Keller National Center Executive Director Susan Ruzenski celebrate HKNC’s 50th Anniversary.

Helen Keller National Center To Mark 50th Anniversary With A Special October 7th Program

Helen Keller National Center To Mark 50th Anniversary With A Special October 7th Program

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Heroic story of Helen Keller, ‘The Miracle Worker’

Heroic story of Helen Keller, ‘The Miracle Worker,’ to debut at Queens Theatre in May

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For a Half-Century, She Has Led the Blind With Chutzpah (and Often, No Cane)

Rose Romano, 79, who is visually impaired, works at Helen Keller Services for the Blind

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Working Miracles

Newsday ran a feature article celebrating the 50th Anniversary of HKNC and more importantly, the work being done at the National Center.

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Helen Keller National Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC), a division of Helen Keller Services (HKS), is marking its 50th anniversary in 2017.

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“Practical Blindness” TV/Radio Show

HKS Managing Director Frank Primeggia appeared on “Practical Blindness”

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Helen Keller Run/Walk 5K a success

Helen Keller Run/Walk 5K is a success. Read The New Stokes article.

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Deaf-Blindness Awareness Week

Marissa Gold's Video Celebrating 2016 Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness

Check out Marissa Gold's Video Celebrating 2016 Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness.

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David Czerepak's Video Celebrating 2016 Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness

Check out David Czerepak's Video Celebrating 2016 Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness

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Helen Keller National Center on "Live it Up" with Donna Drake

Helen Keller National Center on "Live it Up" with Donna Drake

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Helen Keller Camp Show 2016

Camp Helen Keller 2016

The children of Camp Helen Keller marked the end of camp with their signature annual show.

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Sons of Italy Invade Camp Helen Keller

Sons of Italy Invade Camp Helen Keller

An action packed fun filled day marked the 7th Annual Activities day between The New York State Grand Lodge Foundation, Order Sons of Italy in America, Gift of Sight and Camp Helen Keller.

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Helen’s Run/Walk Southeast Event

Come join us in North Carolina for a Southeast Helen’s Run/Walk event! HKNC is partnering with the North Carolina Deaf Blind Associates to raise awareness and funds for programs and services for the deaf-blind community!

Learn more about the Helen’s Run/Walk Southeast Event.
Disability Pride Parade

Disability Pride Parade – July 10th

On July 10th HKSB Gifts Program will participate in the festivities surrounding the annual Disability Pride Parade.

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Blind workers create and sell Mother’s Day baskets Downtown

Helen Keller Gifts Program provides employment opportunities to individuals who are legally blind.

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HKS Appoints Joseph F. Bruno President & Chief Executive Officer

HKS Appoints Joseph F. Bruno President & Chief Executive Officer.

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Helen's Run/Walk 2016

Kick-off Breakfast is a great success.

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HKNC Staffer Draws on Her Experience

A HKNC program coordinator draws on her experience as a person who is deaf-blind to teach others independent living skills.

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Awakening the Senses on Broadway

At ‘Spring Awakening’ play on Broadway, deaf-blind audience members, including HKNC staffers, experienced the show through innovative interpreters.

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Steve’s Story: Making the Business World His World

Steve just wanted to feel useful—but now he’s so much more. He has become the “go-to guy” at Enterprise Process Service.

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Sherry’s Story: Making Things Easier for Mitchell

Sherry, an HKSB vision rehab therapist, made a house call to Mitchell, bringing him adaptive equipment that will help put his daily life in focus.

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Angelo’s Story: A Source of Pride

When Angelo lost his vision 20 years ago, he never could have imagined that today he’d be a professional business manager.

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Marshall’s Story: A New Lease on Life

Marshall’s vision loss forced him to give up the work he loved. At HKSB, he got the training he needed to make a fresh start.

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George’s Story: A Dream Renewed

Thanks to his mobility and technology training at HKSB, George is ready to reclaim his music career.

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Erick’s Story: A Summer in Public Service

Erick put his soft skills and computer training to work as an intern in the Bronx Borough President’s Office.

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Emmanuel’s Story: Getting in the Mix

Emmanuel’s internship in audio production took him behind the scenes in the music industry.

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Maricar's Story: Educating with Empathy

Maricar knows first hand the challenges her deaf-blind students face. She's been there herself.

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John's Story: Finding His Purpose

John discovered his calling at HKNC. He hopes to someday be a voice for people with disabilities on Capitol Hill.

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Marissa’s Story: It Takes a Team

Marissa’s team at HKNC helped her find the light in the dark—and a path back to her career in school counseling.

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Eloise’s Story: Finding Her Feet Again

Due to Usher syndrome, Eloise was falling a lot. Her cane training gave her the confidence not only to keep moving but to do so safely.

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Emilie's Story: Getting to the Met

A sudden loss of vision threatened to derail Emilie’s art career. Thanks to HKNC’s Community Services Program, she’s working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Mark’s Story: The Magic of Technology

Mark never thought he’d be able to use a computer again. At HKNC, he discovered the life-changing “magic” of adaptive equipment.

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Emilio’s Story: New Skills for a New Chapter

Emilio first came to HKSB as a child; now he’s getting the assistive technology training he needs to advance his career.

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Train the Trainers

Blind participants and interpreters, with two deaf-blind trainers from Norway, learn about Touch Signals, with a focus on Haptics.

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Aloft Partnership

An amazing training opportunity for five legally blind individuals with Aloft Brooklyn Hotel

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Ann’s Story: Crossing Borders with Confidence

With her dog guide and some strategies she learned at HKNC, Ann travels to Canada on her own.

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Jay and Murielle’s Story: Living the Apartment Life

Jay and Murielle enjoy a new level of independence in their off-campus apartments.

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Juana’s Story: Reclaiming a Career in Health Care

Juana feared that she’d never work in her chosen field again, but her HKNC job coach helped her find a placement in a physical therapy practice—a temporary work experience that led to a full-time job offer.

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Rose’s Story: Teaching by Example

Rose’s students learn a lot at HKSB’s Assistive Technology Center, but perhaps their greatest lesson comes from seeing their teacher in action. During her 51-year career, Rose has never let her vision loss stand in her way.

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At the beautiful Garden City Hotel, we honored some amazing individuals with an awards presentation, dinner and dancing.

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