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Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: Southwest Region Office - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: Southwest Region Office
9939 Hibert Street, #108
San Diego, CA 92131
(858) 578-1600 (Local)
(858) 578-3800 (Fax)
(858) 578-1600 (TDD/TTY)
cathy.kirscher@hknc.org
http://www.hknc.org

Brief Description

The Southwest Regional Office offers a Support Service Provider (SSP) program that serves adults (over the age of 18) who have a dual sensory vision and hearing loss and live in San Diego County.

Number of staff: 2 in this office
Staff description: One regional representative and one administrative assistant
Geographic area served: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada Guam, Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Publications: CONNECT! - tri-annual e-newsletter

Staff

Cathy Kirscher, Regional Representative, Southwest Region, (858) 578-1600, cathy.kirscher@hknc.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Determines individual service needs of clients who are deaf-blind through informal assessments.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Refers to community rehabilitative resources relevant to deaf-blindness. May also refer to Sands Point, NY facility for comprehensive rehabilitation services for deaf-blind persons.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides public information about deaf-blindness and refers to community resources. Provides follow-along support. May refer to Sands Point, NY facility for comprehensive rehabilitation. Maintains information for National Registry.
  • Services for Seniors
    • In conjunction with the Senior Adult Specialist, offers the Confident Living Program to senior citizens, 55 and better, within the region or at HKNC headquarters in NY.

Services for Children

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information, support and advocacy nationwide to individuals with combined vision and hearing loss, their families and the professionals who support them.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation and technical assistance regarding deaf-blindness to schools and agencies. Assists in developing local services for deaf-blind persons.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers professional development and in-service training, including training on becoming a Support Service Provider (SSP).
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