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Independent Living Starts Here

Your vision affects every area of your life, from getting dressed in the morning to travel and mobility to preparing food and managing your finances. If you are blind or experiencing vision loss and looking to enter or re-enter the workforce, Helen Keller Services for the Blind understands that your journey starts with building skills for independent living in your home and your community.

Our independent living specialists begin by assessing your individual goals and challenges and creating a customized service plan for helping you develop the core competencies you need to live the life you want. You’ll receive training and support from some of the most experienced professionals in the field. And you’ll be joining thousands of participants who have successfully navigated their own paths to more satisfying lives through employment and independence.

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HKSB Independent Living Services

What We Offer

Independence starts at home, but it doesn’t end there. Gain skills and tools for daily living, travel and mobility, and adjusting to vision loss.

Daily Living Training

Manage your home safely and efficiently through adaptive skills, equipment and technology.

Orientation & Mobility Training

Get out and about with confidence. Develop skills to travel independently in your neighborhood and the larger community.

Social Casework Services

Get support to help you adjust to both the emotional and practical challenges of blindness and vision loss.


Your Life, Your Way with HKSB Independent Living

When you’re able to take control of your own life, the possibilities feel limitless. Our independent living services help you get there.


Develop a growth mindset and feel less limited by your vision challenges.


Improve communication skills and experience greater community integration.


Develop the foundational skills you need to pursue employment or educational opportunities.


Enjoy an enhanced ability to choose and participate in activities that are meaningful to you.

Our Impact

Building more inclusive communities and empowering participants to live fuller lives.

At Helen Keller Services, we know that everyone wins when communities are more diverse, inclusive, and accessible to all. We partner with corporations, technology innovators, service providers, funders and individuals to fulfill our mission of enabling our participants to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.

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Years of service

Empowering people who are blind, DeafBlind, have low vision or combined hearing and vision loss since 1893.


States providing HKNC services

The Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults (HKNC) serves people across the United States through a network of regional offices.


Participants served annually by HKSB

Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) serves people in the greater New York and Tri-state area.

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Upcoming Events May 23 – May 23, 2024 Helen Keller Services, 180 Livingston St. Brooklyn, NY 11201  
Glide Demo Day

Helen Keller Services will host Glide Demo Day, in partnership with Glidance, on Thursday, May 23rd at our Brooklyn, NY headquarters.