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Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB)

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  • Information/Referral Center
  • Low Vision Center/Clinic
  • Rehabilitation Agency
  • Senior Services Center

Contact

57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
http://www.helenkeller.org
info@helenkeller.org

Phone #1: (718) 522-2122 (Local)
Phone #2: (718) 935-9463 (Fax)

Bill Dale, Director, Rehabilitation Services, Nassau County, (516) 485-1234 Ext. #607, info@helenkeller.org
Thomas J Edwards, President & CEO, (718) 522-2122 Ext. #205, info@email.com
Frank Primeggia, Managing Director, Rehabilitation, (718) 522-2122 Ext. #203, fep@helenkeller.org
Deborah Rodriguez, Director of Communications & Events, (718) 522-2122 Ext. #204, drodriguez@helenkeller.org
Garth White, Principal, (718) 522-2122 Ext. #323, garthwhite@helenkeller.org

General Information

Established: 1893.
Mission: 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..
County/District where located: Kings, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Geographic area served: New York City and Long Island.
Eligibility requirements: Persons legally blind.New York State Resident
Ages served: 0 and above.
Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Facility Accessibility: Handicap accessible..
Clients served annually: Thousands
# 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.
Fee structure: All services are free to clients when State and Medicaid reimbursements can be applied.
Publications: Annual Report, Newsletter, Brochures.
Additional information: 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.

Services Offered

Aging Services
See descriptions for the following services: Braille and Reading Instruction; Housing Services; Travel/Orientation and Mobility; Counseling; Computer Training/Assistive Technology; Employment/Job Training; Low Vision Services; Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training.
Braille and Reading Instruction
Offers braille instruction, remedial literacy training, and instruction in how to use low vision devices.
Computer Training/Assistive Technology
  • Screen magnification systems
  • Speech output systems
  • Video magnifier/CCTV
  • Word processing
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
  • Assistive technology training
  • Braille instruction
  • Counseling services
  • Daily living skills training
  • Independent travel training
  • Low vision device prescription/training
  • Low vision evaluation/eye examinations
  • Recreation activities
  • Referrals to aging programs
Senior Centers in Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Travel/Orientation and Mobility
Offers instruction in safe travel using a cane.
 

Additional Offices


Local Offices
Helen Keller Services - Nassau County
One Helen Keller Way
Hempstead, NY 11550
www.helenkeller.org
info@helenkeller.org
Telephone: (516) 485-1234
Contact: Deborah Rodriguez, Director of Communications & Events, (718) 522-2122 Ext. #204, drodriguez@helenkeller.org


Helen Keller Services - Suffolk County
40 New York Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
www.helenkeller.org
info@helenkeller.org
Telephone: (631) 424-0022
Contact: Deborah Rodriguez, Director of Communications & Events, (718) 522-2122 Ext. #204, drodriguez@helenkeller.org


Helen Keller Services - Kings County
57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
www.helenkeller.org
info@helenkeller.org
Telephone: 7185222122

Regional Offices
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
www.hknc.org
hkncinfo@hknc.org
Telephone: (516) 944-8900
Contact: Deborah Rodriguez, Director of Communications & Events, (718) 522-2122 Ext. #204, drodriguez@helenkeller.org

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