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NJRID interpreter Cara Poalillo has been training for American Ninja Warrior for the past year and a half. She started the Ninjababes, which is a women's athlete empowerment group, and The Ninjababes Podcast. She will compete on season 10 of American Ninja Warrior in Philadelphia.

The episode will airJune 25 on NBC. 
Congratulations to Cara from NJRID! Please watch and support one of our own!


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Screen Shot 2017-05-11 at 4HKNC  Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults


Professional Training Seminar

Information, Research & Professional Learning Department &

Vocational Services Department

141 Middle Neck Road • Sands Point, NY 11050


A Two-Part Hybrid Course

Employment:  Real Outcomes for People Who are Deaf-Blind

Part 1 Online — April 9-13, 2018    Online participation required for course completion

Part 2 On-site — April 25-27, 2018 at the Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, NY

Facilitated by:

Debbie Fiderer, BA, Coordinator Community Services Program

Kathy Mezack, MS, CRC Coordinator of Vocational Services


This seminar is aimed at preparing vocational rehabilitation counselors and placement specialists as well as job developers and other related professionals with knowledge and skills needed to support individuals who are deaf-blind in finding and maintaining fulfilling employment that leads to an increased quality of life.


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:


·      Demonstrate a general understanding of the diversity within the deaf-blind population.

·      Identify community and employment options for individuals with a combined vision and hearing loss.

·      Identify strategies that support the job development process.

·      Identify techniques to assist with successful job placement for individuals who are deaf-blind

·      List strategies and accommodations that will enable deaf-blind individuals to participate in work environments alongside non-disabled peers.

·      Describe strategies and accommodations that will assist deaf-blind individuals in interacting with their employer and co-workers.

·      Identify various resources that may be of assistance in supporting the needs of an individual who is deaf-blind.


CRC credits provided at completion of both online and on-site trainings


COST: $900 Includes online and onsite training, training materials, CRC credits and three days lodging and meals**.


Registration deadline –March 12, 2018 (PDF)

For information email:


LOCATION:   The seminar will be held in the Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Conference Center on the campus of the Helen Keller National Center, a beautiful 25-acre facility in Sands Point, Long Island, NY.  The Center is convenient to most NYC area airports.  Housing is available on campus on a first come/first served basis.



REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS:  This course is for vocational rehabilitation counselors and placement specialists, job developers, and other professionals in need of knowledge and skills related to supporting individuals who are deaf-blind in finding and maintaining employment.  Each applicant will be individually considered. Sign language skills are not required. If you are uncertain about applicant qualifications please contact



COURSE STRUCTURE:  This is a two-part seminar and participation in BOTH sections is required to earn CEUs and a Certificate of Participation.  Part I will be an asynchronous online segment to be completed prior to the seminar.  Part II will be held at the HKNC campus and will include case-studies, work-site visits, student panels, and placement planning workshops. 


Part 1 – Online: Monday, April 9th - Friday April 13, 2018  (REQUIRED)

Part 2 – On-Site: Wednesday, April 25th  through Friday, April 27, 2018

·      Wednesday — 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

·      Thursday — 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

·      Friday — 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


COST:  $900 — Includes online training, three days of on-site training, training materials, three nights lodging and three meals a day.  Housing is available on campus on a first come first served basis and all rooms are double occupancy. 

Residence Check-in available Tuesday, April 24, 2018. 

Check-out at 8:00 am on Friday, April 27, 2018


Cancellation Policy upon Request from Helen Keller National Center

Applications and payment must be received by March 12, 2018

Send payment to:                      

Professional Learning Department

Helen Keller National Center

141 Middle Neck Road

Sands Point, NY 11050



Phone: 516-944-8900 ext. 233

Registration: (PDF) (accessible version)