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Helen Keller Services (HKS)

  • Rehabilitation Agency


57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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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: Through HKSB division - New York Metropolitan Area; Through HKNC division - the United States
Eligibility requirements: Persons legally blind.New York State Resident
Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Facility Accessibility: Handicap accessible..
Clients served annually: Thousands
# of Staff: 310.
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: HKS offers services and programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults and Helen Keller Services for the Blind. Helen Keller National Center is the only comprehensive national program that provides vocational and independent living skills training exclusively to youths and adults with combined vision and hearing loss. Helen Keller Services for the Blind is a comprehensive rehabilitation program serving individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, and who may have additional disabilities, living in the New York Metropolitan Area.

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.
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.
Professional Training
HKNC offers unparalleled professional development opportunities for people who work with deaf-blind individuals. Our staff conducts professional seminars at our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, and offers customized training across the country through both on-site and online programs.
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
Telephone: (516) 485-1234
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Suffolk County
3385 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Telephone: (631) 424-0022
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