The Young and the Breathless
Dear Family and Friends:
YOU can make a difference in the life of a person who is deaf-blind by joining me in supporting the annual Helen's Run/Walk on April 26, 2020, as one of my sponsors or by registering to run or walk.
Located in Sands Point, New York, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf- Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) offers individualized evaluation, vocational and training programs designed to assist people who have a combined hearing and vision loss to live, work and thrive in their community of choice.
The funds raised by Helen’s Run/Walk 2020 will be dedicated to providing essential Support Service Provider (SSP) assistance for the staff and students at HKNC who are deaf-blind. SSPs are specially trained individuals who enable people who are deaf-blind to access their environments and make informed decisions by providing them with visual and environmental information, human guide services and communication facilitation. A few examples of SSP services include reading a menu; describing facial expressions of people in a room; providing access to transportation; orientation to a doctor’s office explaining who is in the room and what activities are going on in that room and more.
HKNC is the only national, non-profit agency providing vital outreach, training and support exclusively to individuals who are deaf-blind, their families and professionals in the field. Now more than ever, they need our help!
More than 2.4 million people have combined vision and hearing loss in the United States. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to live and work in their community.
Please help me to reach my goal! Thank you!
For more information about HKNC, go to www.helenkeller.org/hknc