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Helen Keller Services for the Blind - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Helen Keller Services for the Blind
57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-2122 (Local)
http://helenkeller.org/

Brief Description

Helen Keller Services for the Blind offers a wide range of services and programs for people of all ages who are blind or have vision impairments in the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Its mission is to help individuals of all ages and degrees of blindness live independently within their own communities by providing an array of rehabilitation services. Headquartered in Brooklyn, the agency has additional rehabilitation sites in Hempstead and Huntington, Long Island and operates the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults in Sands Point, New York.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: Thousands
Number of staff: 300
Staff description: Rehabilitation teachers, employment specialists, teachers of the visually impaired, teaching assistants, braillists, low vision specialists, social workers, community outreach specialists, administrators, and clerical staff.
Geographic area served: New York City and Long Island.
Publications: Annual Report, Newsletter, Brochures.

Locations

Helen Keller Services - Nassau County
One Helen Keller Way
Hempstead, NY 11550

Helen Keller Services - Suffolk County
40 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743

Helen Keller Services - Kings County
57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050

Staff

Bill Dale, Director, Rehabilitation Services, Nassau County, (516) 485-1234 607, info@helenkeller.org
Thomas Edwards, President & CEO, (718) 522-2122 205, info@email.com
Marc Feldman, Chief Financial Officer, (718) 522-2122 2264, mfeldman@helenkeller.org
Jennifer Goodwin, Chief Development Officer, (718) 522-2122, jgoodwin@helenkeller.org
Lorraine Lo Curto, Managing Director OPWDD Programs, (516) 485-1234 610, locurto@helenkeller.org
Carol Lowe, Managing Director Human Resources, (718) 522-2122, cmerritt@helenkeller.org
Liz Meade, Director, Rehabilitation Services, Richmond and Kings Counties, (718) 522-2122, lmeade@helenkeller.org
Frank Primeggia, Managing Director, Rehabilitation, (718) 522-2122 203, fep@helenkeller.org
Deborah Rodriguez, Director of Communications & Events, (718) 522-2122 204, drodriguez@helenkeller.org
Susan Ruzenski, Executive Director, (516) 944-8900, sue.ruzenski@hknc.org
Garth White, Principal, (718) 522-2122 323, garthwhite@helenkeller.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Provides assessment and training in the use of adaptive software for computers; keyboarding instruction when necessary.
  • Counseling
    • Offers counseling in adjustment to blindness.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Helps clients maintain independence after becoming blind or visually impaired by training clients in the areas of safe travel, daily living skills (i.e., cooking and cleaning), communications, and personal care. Most training is done one-to-one in the client's home or workplace. Day Habilitation Program offers habilitation and recreational services to individuals who are visually impaired and have a developmental disability.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers a full spectrum of employment services for adults, including vocational assessment, job readiness training, work experience internships, and job placement.
  • Housing Services
    • Maintains the Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA), a group home for six clients who are blind and have additional disabilities.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Optometrists with expertise in low vision work with clients in our Low Vision Eye Service to maximize residual vision through the use of specialized lenses, magnifiers, and low-glare lighting. The Eye Service centers are located in Brooklyn, Hempstead, Sands Point, and Huntington NY.
  • Services for Seniors
    • Senior Centers in Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk Counties
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers instruction in safe travel using a cane.

Services for Children

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers braille instruction, remedial literacy training, and instruction in how to use low vision devices.
  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Operates a center-based Early Intervention Program in Brooklyn for children, birth to three, who are blind and/or multi-handicapped.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Offers pre-vocational training for teens, a two-month training program that prepares visually impaired and blind teenagers (ages 14 to 21) for the world of work. The College Prep Program is a program aimed at high school students (10th through 12th grade) with visual impairments who are considering post-high school options.
  • Health
    • Provides free child-friendly vision screenings for close to 25,000 children from ages 3 to 5 years old, throughout Kings, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.
  • Preschool Programs
    • Operates a preschool in Brooklyn for children, three to five, who are blind; many have additional disabilities. Open to students from Kings, Queens, Richmond, and New York Counties. Also offers a free Preschool Vision Screening Program in Kings, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
  • Summer/Day Camps and After-school Programs
    • Camp Helen Keller is a six-week summer day camp for children ages 4 to 15 who are blind or visually impaired. The HKSB Children’s Saturday Program is an eight-session spring and fall program for children ages 8 to 13 years old who are blind or visually impaired.

      Children's Saturday Program offers Long Island children, 8-14, the opportunity to participate in an array of recreational and educational activities facilitated by rehabilitation teachers. Focus is on building participants' self-esteem, self-confidence, and social skills. Holds Camp Helen Keller, a six-week summer day camp on Long Island for children, 4 to 15. Age-appropriate and fun activities are designed to improve the self-esteem, self-confidence, and socialization skills of the campers.
  • Support for Parents
    • The Parent & Early Education Resource Center, which is open to New York City parents of children with vision impairments and other disabilities, offers support in a variety of ways. The Center offers a series of monthly training workshops based on children’s and family needs. Topics can include child development, strategies for parenting children with disabilities, and information sessions about programs and support available for children with special needs. The Center also provides parents with resources and advocacy training; ongoing support groups offer peer support for families of young children with visual impairments and other disabilities.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers instruction in safe travel using a cane.

Ongoing Events/Programs

Camp Helen Keller
HKSB Children's Saturday Program
Pre-Vocational Training Program
College Prep Program

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