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Helen Keller National Center

for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) 

Our mission: to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live, work, and thrive in their community of choice.

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October 14, 2014: The HKSB Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Ruzenski to the position of Executive Director, HKNC; Christopher Woodfill to the position of Associate Executive Director, HKNC; and the promotion of Laura Rocchio to the position of Director, Direct Services, HKNC. CLICK HERE to read press release.



On Friday, November 7, from 5-7:30 p.m., HKNC will host a very special art reception.

Reflections is a unique artist showcase featuring the work of four Master Artists who have shared their gifts with current and former students of HKNC, and the reflective works of art HKNC students have created. Admission is free.

Artwork will be available for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds directly benefitting HKNC.

The Master Artists include:

Kiki Valdes, expressionistic painter who specializes in murals

Alex Racine, sculptor who specializes in large scale sculpture

Raisa Nosova, who specializes in drawing

Ruth Poniarski, who came to HKNC to teach a “Master Class” on large scale acrylic painting and composition.


(CLICK HERE to read more)


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HKNC is pleased to announce a new reference guide of ASL signs used to describe technology. A series of videos, organized by category and alphabetically, are presented in ASL, voice, text and with text transcripts of how to produce the signs. Click here to go to Signs of Technology: An ASL Resource





The 18th Annual Young Adult Summer Program was recently held at HKNC headquarters in New York. This two-week program offers 8 high school/transition age young adults an opportunity to learn about future options related to college, work, and apartment living as well as to meet other young adults who are deaf-blind from across the country. A team of former HKNC students and a current student usually serve as co-facilitators and mentors of the program...(Click here to read more)



Reviving A Career – Ed’s Story - Former HKNC student, Ed B. has Usher syndrome but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his dream of owning his own woodworking shop...

CLICK HERE for more Success stories





HKNC Conference Center  is High Tech

Through a grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, HKNC was able to improve the high tech capability of the Leona and Harry B. Photo: seminar participants sit around tables in conference center. Large screen display behind the presenters shows demonstrations.Helmsley Conference Center to accommodate individual visual, auditory, and communication needs of all groups using the Center.   The new technology has been particularly effective during our Train the Trainer Technology training series, where many of the participants and instructors are deaf-blind and blind.  

Of particular value in the Conference Center is a closed circuit camera system which enables participants with low vision to view the screen of the device being demonstrated as well as watch the movement of the instructor's hands through an aerial camera above the demonstration table.  A mobile large screen TV and 2 smaller mobile screens display the same content and can be positioned throughout the Conference Center according to individual visual preferences.  Platform interpreters can watch presentations on the large screen mobile TV placed in front of them so they don’t have to constantly turn around to see what is being demonstrated behind them.

Staff in remote locations can participate in in-service meetings or other events anywhere on the HKNC campus through a mobile conference unit with a large screen display, a webcam, and a computer. 

WiFi and Cell Phone Access at HKNC campus


We are often asked about the WiFi and cell phone access at HKNC....(CLICK HERE to read more)




   If you are deaf-blind, you may qualify for free telecommunications devices and training!

        Click here to learn more about "iCANCONNECT" - the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

Read how the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program continues to change lives:

        "iCanConnect Helps Deaf-Blind Americans Access the Internet"


        CLICK HERE for Transcript of embedded video about the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program.  



LEARN ABOUT TECHNOLOGY used by people who are deaf-blind through HKNC's videos:


Text version of script


CLICK BELOW  to view "Communications Technology for People Who are Deaf-Blind" (CC with descriptive video)



 CLICK BELOW to view "Communications Technology for People Who are Deaf-Blind" (with ASL)







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