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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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HKNC Executive Director, Sue Ruzenski, was named to Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business.  Read more at http://patch.com/new-york/portwashington/susan-ruzenski-executive-director-helen-keller-national-center-named-one-long-islands-top-50-most

Kathy Abrahamson and Ingrid Halvorsen receive the Robert J. Smithdas Award. Click here for the article.

Are you considering applying to HKNC?  Learn more about the Center through these FAQs.

TOUCH SIGNALS SEMINAR held October 5-7, 2015 was a huge success!  Stay tuned for future seminars in early 2016 which will be open to the public.

CONNECT! with HKNC - Read our latest CONNECT! enewsletter

Read Long Island's Newsday Interview with Susan Ruzenski, HKNC Executive Director PDF Text

Celebrate! Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week 2015  #TGIM (Thank goodness it's Monday!)

Poster image: woman sitting at desk, hands reading braille on a refreshable display. Text box #TGIM (Thank goodness it's Monday) Text box: Haben Girm, Harvard Law School Graduate, Attorney, Deaf-Blind; Text below picture: READYDEAFWILLINGBLINDWORKING



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


Communications Technology for People Who are Deaf-Blind"

Text transcript of video


"Communications Technology for People Who are Deaf-Blind" (Captioned with descriptive video)


"Communications Technology for People Who are Deaf-Blind" (with ASL)


Want to learn more? Try HKNC's "Signs of Technology: An ASL Resource"

HKNC has created a self-directed reference guide of signs used to describe technology. A series of videos, organized by category and alphabetically, are presented in American Sign Language, voice, text and with text transcripts of how to produce the signs.

Have fun learning Signs of Technology: An ASL Resource


We'd love to hear how you have used this information. What other topics are you interested in learning about? Email us with your feedback and ideas!





HKNC Conference Center is High Tech




   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.  



Meet the Students: Anthony M.

CLICK HERE for more Success stories



Photo: Haben Girma - woman with dark brown hair, smiling

Haben Girma has been elected as a Trustee of the Board for Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB), announced Thomas J. Edwards, President & CEO of Helen Keller Services for the Blind and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC). Click here to read more!





HKNC's Consumer Advisory Council (CAC)


The HKNC CAC includes representatives from the greater deaf-blind community w ho provide feedback and information to assist HKNC in maintaining quality standards. In their role as ambassadors, they share information about the Center with the Deaf-Blind Community. During these meetings,members are briefed on activities at HKNC including current initiatives and planning such as: professional training seminars, HKNC's Deaf-Blind Self Advocacy Training; activities and initiatives across the country; quality indicators for the HKNC Training Program; adult learning opportunities for students; research initiatives; and the possibility of expanding training options to other locations across the country. During every meeting on campus, CAC members have an opportunity to meet with HKNC students. The Council meets via conference call two times during the year. Photo, left, shows HKNC CAC members (L-R) Lynn Jansen, Julie Somers, Francis Casale, Mussie Gabre, Christopher Sence and Jill Gaus, CAC Chair.


CLICK HERE to read more about the CAC members and "meet them" on YouTube.





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