Social Casework Services


Woman at desk (in profile) talking to a man seated in a chairAdjusting to blindness or vision loss can be difficult. At Helen Keller Services for the Blind, you’ll be assigned a social worker who will help you to deal with both emotional and practical issues. He or she will be your advocate, making sure that you have access to all the support you need to achieve your goals during your training and beyond.

Throughout your HKSB experience, you’ll receive one-on-one counseling to help you cope with vision-related changes in your daily life. The social worker also can meet with your family, if you think that would be helpful to you or them.

During your sessions, your social worker will talk to you about the specific challenges you are facing at home, in your relationships and in the workplace, helping you to find ways to overcome obstacles and identifying government programs and community resources that might be right for you. These won’t be just theoretical discussions of your situation. Your social worker will be a hands-on partner in problem-solving, assisting you in creating a plan for your future and putting it into action.

You’ll benefit from the HKSB staff’s unique experience working with people who are visually impaired. Our social workers know all about the government programs and community resources that are available in the New York City/Long Island area and will help you to cut through the red tape to take full advantage of what’s out there for you.

Your social worker will:

  • Provide individual counseling to help you adjust to vision loss.
  • Manage your case, collaborating on the development of a training plan tailored to your needs and goals.
  • Assess your eligibility for government programs and community resources.
  • Assist you with the paperwork necessary to apply for housing assistance, food stamps and Social Security benefits where appropriate.
  • Give you referrals for mental health counseling, diabetes education, benefits specialists and other outside supports as needed.

Support Groups

One of the best ways to work through your issues is to share your experiences with people who know firsthand the challenges you face.

We offer a variety of support groups to foster meaningful discussions and connections between peers. Choose from existing groups or talk to the social worker about the possibility of starting a new one. Our support group offerings are continually evolving to meet the needs of our clients.

Current support groups include:

  • Adjustment to Blindness (Brooklyn, 12 sessions)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Support Group (Brooklyn and Ronkonkoma, 12 sessions)