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HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/01/2012: HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

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AKA  Industrial Home for the Blind
BROOKLYN, NY
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HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/01/2012: HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

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Also Known As: Industrial Home for the Blind
Physical Address: BROOKLYN, NY 11201 
EIN: 11-1630807
Web URL: WWW.HELENKELLER.ORG 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P20 Human Service Organizations
B Educational Institutions
B21 Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions
J Employment, Job Related
Ruling Year: 1936 
How This Organization Is Funded: Government Contracts - $20,212,875
Public Support - $767,687
Grant Income - $1,024,779


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Mission Statement

THE MISSION OF HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND IS TO ENABLE PERSONS OF ALL AGES WHO ARE VISUALLY IMPAIRED, BLIND AND DEAF-BLIND LIVING THROUGHOUT THE NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA - BROOKLYN, QUEENS, NASSAU AND SUFFOLK COUNTIES - TO LEAD AS INDEPENDENT A LIFE AS POSSIBLE WITHIN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES. ESTABLISHED IN 1893 AS THE INDUSTRIAL HOME FOR THE BLIND, THE ORGANIZATION CONTINUES TO SERVE INDIVIDUALS FROM DIVERSE ETHNIC, RACIAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS, THROUGH A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS. INDIVIDUALS ARE SERVED NATIONWIDE THROUGH ITS PROGRAM HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF  BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, July 2011)

Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2012

Total Revenue $32,751,611
Total Expenses $27,474,275

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Thomas J. Edwards

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Programs

Program: HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$11,535,725
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Physically Disabled nec

Program Description:

HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS - DEVELOPS A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAM TO MEET THE NEEDS OF DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS BY PROVIDING INDIVIDUALIZED EVALUATION, TRAINING, AND PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION THE CENTER, WHICH CAN ACCOMMODATE 60 TRAINEES, ACCOMPLISHES ITS MISSION BY CONDUCTING OR PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES, SERVING AS LIAISON WITH COOPERATING AGENCIES

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Budget:
$27,454,658
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Blind and Vision Impaired

Program Description:

HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND FOCUSES ON REHABILITATION AND PREVENTION SERVICES, INCLUDING LOW VISION CLINICS; COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES; SUPPORTIVE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES; DAY HABILITATION SERVICES; SENIOR CITIZENS CENTERS; BRAILLE AND LARGE PRINT PRODUCTION CENTER; CHILDREN'S LEARNING CENTER; PRESCHOOL VISION SCREENING AND ITS PROGRAM IN SANDS POINT, HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF BLIND YOUTHS AND ADULTS

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Evidence of Impact

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Helen Keller Services for the Blind is the only one completely dedicated to helping deaf/blind people to live full independent lives through residential and training programs. Under the umbrella of Traditional Training Programs, Helen Keller provides vocational services, adaptive technology, communications, independent living, and orientation and mobility. Consumers are supported through audiology, case management, clinical social work, creative arts, interpreting services, low vision services, medical services, and speech/language therapy. In addition, there are residential services, such as the 8 week comprehensive assessment training for high school students and the two week summer seminar for transition age youth. Additional short term residential services include a confident living program, public speaking course, community services program, and internships. Helen Keller also coordinates a National Consortium on Deaf Blindness and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind. There are at least 70,000 people in the US coping with this extreme combination of disabilities, and Helen Keller maintains a registry to help obtain more accurate estimates. Their registry has 11,000 people in it now, many of whom have received services. Whether someone was born deaf/blind or became deaf/blind as a young person or senior citizen, this organization is there to help them. Other

Organizational Strengths

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The staff have an amazing depth of knowledge and dedication, and keep themselves up to date on the current technologies and resources available for the deaf/blind. Often, their work with consumers is one-on-one. Their regional structure helps connect consumers with the organization, and follow up with them after discharge. There are internship programs for students working on their bachelor's and master's degrees in rehabilitation. Partnerships with many national corporations, such as 1-800-flowers, Hilton, Home Depot, TJ Max, and Applebees, improve the effectiveness of their job training programs. Their campus is regularly contacted and visited by people from around the world. Other

Areas for Improvement

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Currently there are 10 regional offices in the country. They are responsible for assessing the needs of individuals, communities and states; developing strategies of collaboration, coordination and cooperation to help meet those needs; advocating for those who are deaf-blind in local, state, national and international forums. Having more offices in populous states would strengthen the organization. The revenue for Helen Keller is mostly from the government; diversifying revenue would serve the organization well. Other
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