Helen Keller Services - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Helen Keller Services
57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-2122 (Local)
(718) 935-9463 (Fax)

Brief Description

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.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
Clients served on average per year: Thousands
Number 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.
Geographic area served: Through HKSB division - New York Metropolitan Area; Through HKNC division - the United States
Publications: Annual Report, Newsletter, Brochures.


Helen Keller Services - Nassau County
One Helen Keller Way
Hempstead, NY 11550

Suffolk County
3385 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

57 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

HKNC Headquarters
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050


Joseph Bruno, President & CEO
Marc Feldman, Chief Financial Officer, (718) 522-2122 2264, mfeldman@helenkeller.org
Lorraine Lo Curto, HKSB Executive Director, (516) 485-1234 610, locurto@helenkeller.org
Russell Martello, Director of Youth Services, (718) 522-2122, rmartello@helenkeller.org
Liz Meade, HKSB Associate Executive Director, (718) 522-2122, lmeade@helenkeller.org
Mia Murro, Chief Human Resources Officer, mia.murro@hknc.org
Mike Pisano, Director of OPWDD Services, (516) 485-1234, mpisano@helenkeller.org
Deborah Rodriguez, Director of Communications and Events, HKS, (718) 522-2122 204, drodriguez@helenkeller.org
Susan Ruzenski, Executive Director, Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults, (516) 944-8900, sue.ruzenski@hknc.org
Garth White, Principal, Children’s Learning Center, HKSB, (718) 522-2122 323, garthwhite@helenkeller.org

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • 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
    • Senior Centers in Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk Counties
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Offers instruction in safe travel using a cane.
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