HKNC Summer Programs 2020

As we stand fast through the pandemic, HKNC is pleased to share with you some exciting announcements from Helen Keller National Center!

HKNC is excited to announce three (3) virtual summer learning opportunities for youth, ages 16-22. Below will provide brief program descriptions for each:

Virtual M~Power: 

In response to COVID-19, HKNC continues to address the access that young adults with combined vision and hearing loss have to services provided under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). HKNC’s M-POWER Program offers Pre- Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), established through WIOA, and introduces transition-age youth to aspects of competitive and integrated employment during a time when distance learning ensures the safety of our consumers.

When: July 27, 2020 – August 7, 2020

Program Cost: $625.00 / week

The two-week Virtual M-POWER Program offers participants an introduction to the world of work and emphasizes the five areas of Pre-ETS: Job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, counseling on post-secondary educational opportunities, workplace readiness training, and self-advocacy.

Virtual M-POWER Outcomes:

  • Explore and learn skills in the core areas of Orientation and Mobility, Communication, Independent Living, and Adaptive Technology- essential for successful employment
  • Learn from competitively employed deaf-blind mentors and peer experiences
  • Make informed plans for career or job goals after high school
  • Learn how to apply for a dog guide and the skills needed to maintain the working team
  • Develop self-advocacy and exercise these skills to co-facilitate a peer learning group
  • Learn how to apply to college, identify personalized accommodations, and self-advocate
  • Explore universal precautions for work safety during COVID-19

Participants will virtually join peers ages 16 – 22 from around the country for this innovative two-week program. Prior to the beginning of the program, HKNC staff will assess technology available to the participant to determine the best instruction modality that would ensure full access to information and instruction. Instruction may be provided by telephone; iPhone; iPad, e-mail; computer; videophone; FaceTime; Zoom meetings and/or Google Classroom.

Summer Youth Vocational Program:

In response to COVID-19, HKNC continues to address the access that young adults with combined vision and hearing loss have to services provided under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). HKNC’s SYVP offers Pre- Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), established through WIOA, and prepares transition-age youth for competitive and integrated employment during a time when distance leaming ensures the safety of our consumers.

Program Cost: $625.00 / week

Session 1: June 8, 2020 — July 17, 2020

Session 2: July 20, 2020 — August 28, 2020

The six-week Virtual Summer Youth Vocational Program will offer opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in the following areas: Vocational Exploration, Self-Determination, Advocacy, Communication Methods, Worksite Orientation & Mobility, Assistive Aids & Devices, and Interviewing & Employment Skills. Participants will gain self-awareness through the process of gathering information about their interests, abilities, and values. They will explore the “world of work” through the distribution of information of a variety of career options and associated criteria. As a result of their discoveries through self-awareness and “world of work”, participants will narrow potential career options supported by informed decision-making.

Virtual Summer Youth Vocational Programs Outcomes:

  • Learn from competitively employed deaf-blind mentors and peer experiences
  • Develop an understanding of work through virtual worksite tours and informational interviews
  • Increase self-awareness of personal strengths/interests through the SYVP seven focus areas
  • Identify future skill-building goals and develop an action plan to meet those goals
  • Prepare for interview-readiness through the development of a work portfolio and practice interviews
  • Learn about universal precautions for work safety during COVID-19

Participants will virtually join peers ages 16-22 from around the country for this innovative six- week experience. Prior to the beginning of the program, HKNC staff will assess technology available to the participant to determine the best instruction modality that would ensure full access to information and instruction. Instruction may be provided by telephone; iPhone; iPad, e-mail; computer; videophone; FaceTime; Zoom meetings and/or Google Classroom.

Virtual Summer Assessment Program:

In response to COVID-19, the Helen Keller National Center continues to address the access that young adults with combined vision and hearing loss have to services. HKNC’s Summer Assessment Program offers a comprehensive virtual assessment designed to offer information and practical experience to expand participant’s awareness, knowledge, skill and confidence during a time when distance learning ensures the safety of our consumers.

Program Cost: $625.00 / week

Offered: June, July, and August 2020

The eight-week Virtual Summer Assessment Program will offer opportunities to gain knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  1. Career and Job Exploration
  2. Virtual Worksite Tours
  3. Workplace Readiness Skills
  4. Counseling on Post-Secondary Education
  5. Adaptive Technology
  6. Self-advocacy- Facilitate IEP
  7. Orientation & Mobility
  8. Low Vision and Audiology
  9. Communication

Along with the assessment areas, participants may choose to join peer-learning groups such as Emergency Preparedness, Living on Your Own, Savvy Shopper, Coping with COVID-19 Support Group, and Advocacy in the Deaf-Blind World.

Virtual Summer Assessment Outcomes:

  • Participate in a variety of experiences and opportunities to gain information, assess strengths and challenges
  • Identify resources and supports that will help prepare for work in the future
  • Learn from competitively employed deaf-blind mentors and peer experiences
  • Develop an understanding of work through virtual worksite tours and informational interviews

Prior to the beginning of the program, HKNC staff will assess technology available to the participant to determine the best instruction modality that would insure full access to information and instruction. Instruction may be provided by telephone; iPhone; iPad, e-mail; computer; videophone; FaceTime; Zoom meetings and/or Google Classroom.


For more information, contact Dora Carney, Admissions Coordinator: Dora.Carney@hknc.orq

Or Your Regional Representative: https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc