RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Helen Keller Services, founded in 1893, is celebrating its 125th anniversary of providing programs and services that enable individuals who are blind or visually-impaired to live, work, and thrive in the communities of their choice. Hellen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB), a division of Helen Keller Services, has a headquarters in Brooklyn, with satellite offices in Ronkonkoma and Hempstead, and serves visually-impaired residents across Long Island.
In order to advance the mission of HKSB, the non-profit organization offers the Adaptive Living Program to assist older adults on Long Island who have significant vision loss to achieve a greater level of safety and independence in their daily lives. The Adaptive Living Program is a component of the agency’s larger Comprehensive Rehabilitation program and is free for those who are legally blind. The program provides individualized rehabilitation and low-vision services tailored to the specific needs of clients with the aim of helping them to regain self-sufficiency, restore their ability to function independently, and enhance their quality of life.
For seniors, most vision loss is a result of age-related eye disorders such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma that have either recently developed or worsened over time and cannot be corrected. HKSB has a number of programs to fit the needs to individuals. All clients undergo an intake to determine the appropriate level of services and establish mutually agreed upon rehabilitation goals. For more information about Helen Keller Services for the Blind, please visit www.helenkeller.org/hksb.