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General Information

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050-1299
(516) 944-8900 (Local)
(516) 944-7302 (Fax)
(516) 944-8637 (TDD/TTY)
hkncinfo@hknc.org
http://www.hknc.org

Brief Description

HKNC offers special programs for senior adults, age 55 and better, who are deaf-blind or experiencing combined loss of hearing and vision. The HKNC senior program assists service providers nationwide in developing a greater understanding of the abilities and needs of senior adults, age 55 and better, who are experiencing combined loss of hearing and vision. At our headquarters location on Long Island, NY, we host 2 separate one-week CONFIDENT LIVING PROGRAMS (CLP) for this population. One program is geared toward consumers who are blind or visually impaired and hard of hearing and who do not use sign language as their primary means of communication. The second is geared toward consumers who are deaf-blind or deaf and visually impaired and use sign language as their primary means of communication.

The CLPs are designed to provide information, resources, and an introduction to skills necessary to maintain as independent a life as possible. At the conclusion of this introductory program, consumers who wish to enhance their independent living, technology, and perhaps their employment skills, may wish to return to HKNC and participate in a full training program which can last from several months to a year.

For consumers who cannot, or choose not to come to NY for the Confident Living Program, we offer an alternate "On the Road Confident Living Program." HKNC partners with other agencies and organizations to host from several days, to a weekend, to a full week training program in the state or region near where the consumer lives. Since local service providers assist with the training, it can serve as in-service training for providers who may not be as familiar with providing services to older adults with both hearing and vision loss. Some of the topics covered during the CLP are: understanding my hearing and vision loss; mobility considerations; technology; home safety; elder law issues; reconnecting to my community; communication skills and strategies; self advocacy; creative arts/art therapy, and having FUN! For more information regarding HKNC's senior adult services, visit our web site (www.hknc.org) and click on Senior Adult Services, or, you may call or email: Paige Berry 804-827-029 Voice/TTY; paige.berry@hknc.org.

The National Training Team conducts professional training seminars at its headquarters location and across the country.

HKNC is a partner in the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness. HKNC supports the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind and maintains a national registry of individuals who are deaf-blind.

Hours of operation: Training program: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 AM-3:45 PM. Residential program 24/7.
Geographic area served: United States and territories.
Publications: CONNECT! (HKNC e-newsletter)

Locations

Senior Adult Services
c/o Virginia Commonwealth University, Dept. of Rehab. Counseling
PO Box 980330
Richmond, VA 23298

Staff

Paige Berry, Senior Adult Specialist, Senior Adult Services, (804) 827-0920, paige.berry@hknc.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Comprehensive assessment and diagnostic evaluation provided.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Available through national and regional offices.
  • Counseling
    • Qualified mental health professional on staff to assist consumers.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers comprehensive rehabilitation services for people who are deaf-blind, including independent living skills, orientation and mobility, vocational rehabilitation, braille training, and through the Communication Learning Center.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides vocational training.
  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about deaf-blindness, refers to appropriate resources both within agency and externally.
  • Library Services
    • Provides some library services, including braille, large print, talking books and other alternate formats, for people who are deaf-blind.
  • Recreation Services
    • Offers recreation activities such as swimming, field trips, shopping in local community, social events for students in residence.
  • Services for Seniors
    • The HKNC senior program assists service providers nationwide in developing a greater understanding of the abilities and needs of senior adults, age 55 and better, who are experiencing combined loss of hearing and vision. At our headquarters location on Long Island, NY, we host 2 separate one-week CONFIDENT LIVING PROGRAMS (CLP) for this population. One program is geared toward consumers who are blind or visually impaired and hard of hearing and who do not use sign language as their primary means of communication. The second is geared toward consumers who are deaf-blind or deaf and visually impaired and use sign language as their primary means of communication. The CLPs are designed to provide information, resources, and an introduction to skills necessary to maintain as independent a life as possible. At the conclusion of this introductory program, consumers who wish to enhance their independent living, technology, and perhaps their employment skills, may wish to return to HKNC and participate in a full training program which can last from several months to a year. For consumers who cannot, or choose not to come to NY for the Confident Living Program, we offer an alternate "On the Road Confident Living Program." HKNC partners with other agencies and organizations to host from several days, to a weekend, to a full week training program in the state or region near where the consumer lives. Since local service providers assist with the training, it can serve as in-service training for providers who may not be as familiar with providing services to older adults with both hearing and vision loss. Some of the topics covered during the CLP are: understanding my hearing and vision loss; mobility considerations; technology; home safety; elder law issues; reconnecting to my community; communication skills and strategies; self advocacy; creative arts/art therapy, and having FUN! For more information regarding HKNC's senior adult services, visit our web site (www.hknc.org) and click on Senior Adult Services,or, you may call or email: Paige Berry 804-827-029 Voice/TTY; paige.berry@hknc.org
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides orientation and mobility training.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Individualized training is provided in all variety of effective communication methods as well as in braille, sign language (visual or tactual) and the manual alphabet. Basic academics, such as reading comprehension, written English and mathematics, are addressed as well as completing forms/applications and preparing resumes.
    • Offers braille literacy program.
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides opportunities for consumers to learn to use the Internet,e-mail, word processing programs, spreadsheets, telecommunication systems, and note-taking devices.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Offers training in rehabilitation techniques for all aspects of managing a home including cooking and cleaning.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Provides job training and employment in the vocational and rehabilitation training program at HKNC’s headquarters.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Consumers are educated about the nature of their vision loss, the importance of environmental modifications (lighting, glare, contrast) and the availability of assistive low vision devices which best meet their needs.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Summer Seminar provides a group of 6-8 high school students two weeks of learning and fun during the summer months.

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 via regional offices.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers internship programs in various departments of residential facility, training seminars at headquarters and nationally through a national training team.

Affiliates

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: East Central Region Office

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: Great Plains Region Office

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: New England Region Office

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: North Central Region Office

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: Northwest Region Office

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: Rocky Mountain Region Office

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults: South Central Region Office

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