Welcome to Jon Gabry's Page
Hi my friends and my families!
On Sunday, April 26, I am walking at Helen Keller National Center in Port Washington, NY to support Helen's Walk. My goal is to raise $1,500 to provide SSPs for deafblind people who are students or work at HKNC. Many people helped me to raise the most money the last seven times I walked. Please, will you help me again this year?
Did you know that 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.
Support Service Providers, or SSPs, are important because they provide access to information to keep deafblind people connected and able to make smart decisions. SSPs are trained to provide visual and environmental information, human guide and communication facilitation. Here are some ways I use SSPs:
- At my art shows, my SSP tells me when people are looking at my art and their comments and questions.
- Before my college classes start each semester, my SSP and I go to the campus and find my classrooms and landmarks so I can easily find the rooms myself when classes start.
- My SSP helps me find things in stores and tells me the cost at the register.
- My SSP travels with me when my college classes go to New York City for art events.
- Recently I was a model in a fashion show and my SSP walked on the narrow runway with me.
- When I am presenting to groups, my SSP uses Haptics on my back to let me know what's happening in the room.
- At a doctor's office, my SSP lets me know it is my turn and guides me to the right room.
SSPs are very important for me and for deafblind people to lead indepedent lives.
I hope you will help me reach my goal for Helen’s Walk. Thanks!
For more information about HKNC, go to www.helenkeller.org/hknc
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