Helen Keller National Center Confident Living Program

Date Posted: 09/19/2019

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Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) NY is proudly hosting a group of five deaf-blind seniors for the annual Confident Living Program (CLP) in October 2019. This group of seniors have a lot in common with a diagnosis of Usher I, born profoundly deaf and losing vision due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. They all use either tactile American Sign Language (ASL) or close visual ASL as their preferred mode of communication.

All seniors participating hail from the Golden State of California, supported to attend by the CA Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) program for Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB). It will take a dedicated group of skilled interpreters, support service providers (SSP), and agency staff to ensure quality communication and access to information during the weeklong CLP program at the Center.

Topics include communication, independent living, technology, and mobility strategies, but prior attendees of the CLP, always say the camaraderie and peer support is one of the highlights of the week. HKNC appreciates the ongoing support of the CA OIB program, and reach out to other states to provide similar options to attend the Confident Living Program.

For more info about the Confident Living Program, please contact Mark Armstrong, Senior Adult Specialist.

Contact: Mark Armstrong

Phone: (516) 269-9429

Email: mark.armstrong@hknc.org

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