Helen Keller National Center

In-Person Training

Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) offers a variety of in-person learning experiences for professionals working with individuals who are DeafBlind. Training is offered at the Helen Keller National Center campus in Sands Point, NY or at locations throughout the U.S. Our hybrid training models combine on-line and in-person training to maximize efficiency while gaining valuable hands-on experiences.

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Be a Part of the HKNC Community

HKNC is a unique adult learning community. HKNC’s in-person learning opportunities are designed for professionals who want to gain valuable knowledge and practical experience. In-person training at our headquarters offers a unique opportunity to learn alongside a transdisciplinary team of instructors and individuals who are attending HKNC’s programs.

Experts in the Field

Our courses are led by experts in the field. Our instructors are practitioners who work with individuals who are DeafBlind everyday.

Gain Practical Experience

Whether it is learning human guide strategies or tactile communication strategies, in-person learning occurs in real time during real-life situations.

Learning From Individuals who are DeafBlind

Many instructors at HKNC share expertise from their professional knowledge and personal life experiences.

At Our Place or Yours

HKNC offers in-person professional development at locations throughout the U.S. Contact us for information about how to bring learning closer to home.

Support Service Provider (SSP) Training

Apply to become a Support Service Provider (SSP) Training Provided for FREE by Helen Keller National Center.

Are you interested in:

We are searching for motivated candidates to work as Support Service Providers for DeafBlind individuals participating in our program or employed at HKNC

What is an SSP?

An SSP (Support Service Provider) is a specially trained independent contractor who provides information and access to DeafBlind individuals which allows them to make informed decisions, participate in activities and enjoy full access to their environment and community. The main roles of the SSP include providing access to visual & environmental information, providing human guide and orientation to the environment, and facilitating communication with others.

Training Provided

Time is running out… our next training is quickly approaching!
The online self-paced portion of our training starts March 11th to March 26th, 2023 (approximately 7 hours of work).
The in-person training will be held on March 25th and 26th, 2023 (9AM – 4PM EST each day) at the Helen Keller National Center 141 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, NY 11050

*Applications must be received before March 9th, 2023!

View Word Document of SSP Info.

For more information:
Visit us at www.helenkeller.org or email Shernandez@helenkeller.org