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JenEllen 11 May 00 - 06:36 PM
GUEST,Nancy King 11 May 00 - 07:17 PM
Kathryn 11 May 00 - 09:02 PM
SINSULL 11 May 00 - 10:43 PM
Hotspur 12 May 00 - 11:51 AM

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Subject: Help for Blind/Deaf student
From: JenEllen
Date: 11 May 00 - 06:36 PM

Looking for information to help a blind/deaf student in one of our classes here in Washington. She is scheduled to go to the Helen Keller Institute, Long Island NY, from Aug15-Oct15 2000. She is 21yrs old, fairly high functioning, but not terribly independent. In this last bit of school before she leaves, she is trying to learn as much about her trip as possible.

1) Does anyone have any information about this school? Addresses, websites, etc? We've looked and found minimal information. A video about the school and what they teach would probably be the best bet for her.

2) Simple instructions on basic use of TDY/TTY? She'll be learning this at HK in an effort to become more self sufficient.

3) Information about that part of New York? Weather during the time she'll be there, and interesting places to visit?

4) Ideas you may have about her flying alone? She is still learning to be self-sufficient, but travelling in a hearing world.

5) Any links/addresses for other places like HK? She is using her training at HK to become elligible for schools like Gallaudet(sp?).

Thanks guys, Jen


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Subject: RE: BS: Help for Blind/Deaf student
From: GUEST,Nancy King
Date: 11 May 00 - 07:17 PM

Jen, you say "here in Washington". If you're in Washington state, I can't help you much. If you're in the Washington DC area, you might want to contact the Special Needs Library, which is a part of the Montgomery County, MD, public library system, and which specializes in serving people with disabling conditions. The phone number there is (301) 897-2212. I'm pretty sure they could provide help with the TTY--there is a deaf librarian there named Susan Cohen who is very helpful. I don't know if they can help with your other questions (probably not info on "that part of New York", but surely others can do that). Anyhow, it might be worth giving them a call. Hope this is helpful. --Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Help for Blind/Deaf student
From: Kathryn
Date: 11 May 00 - 09:02 PM

Hi, Jen,

My first suggestion is that she contact her local Office of Rehabilitation Services, or Vocational Services, or whatever they call it where you are. Also, the representative from HKNC should have a video she can watch. I am sure they are already linked up, but she can ask the representative to see some of the videos they have. They have bunches.

Learning the TTy takes no time and they will be teaching her that and lots more at HKNC. No need to cram before she goes. If she is in a hurry, the local Rehab counselor could show her how to use it, or the Center for Independent living nearest her can help.

HKNC is out in the Boonies-- but beautiful countryside. Also it is only a short train ride to NY, NY. Lots to see and do there. HKNC is just outside of Sands NY which is a neat little town and she will probably be going there much more than she expects. They have a great ice cream place there...

For weather there, you are on your own. I'm not from near there.... Look up New York, NY on the web for weather report...

If she is sponsored by Voc Rehab, she could be accompanied by someone if necessary, but if she is fairly indep, notifying the airlines that she needs help from one plane to another, they will get her where she needs to go. Someone willbe at the airport to meet her in NY if they know when she is arriving.

Another place like HKNC?? Not many. That is a pretty good program and it is all in one place.

Best of luck to her.

If you want to talk more, you can contact me at DHS00216@dhs.state.il.us


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Subject: RE: BS: Help for Blind/Deaf student
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 May 00 - 10:43 PM

I'll call the school tomorrow and get any information I can. The Lexington School for the Deaf is in my neighborhood and should also be able to provide information and maybe even some contacts her age.

The weather will be hot and humid through September. Dress for it. Long Island has great beaches and easy transportation. Again, I will make some calls re: accomodatuions for the blind and/or deaf. Bathing suit is a must.

LIRR has trains directly into Manhattan. Even the city is pretty casual now but she may want some dresses/skirts for a night out.

If she needs to be met at the airport (and most 21 year olds new to NY do), I live near both Kennedy and La Guardia. Private message me and let me know the dates. Be happy to meet her and get her to the school.

Despite the bad press, New Yorkers are very friendly and help when and where needed. They are also super sensitive to one's need for privacy ( comes from overcrowded living conditions).She will have a wonderful summer.


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Subject: RE: BS: Help for Blind/Deaf student
From: Hotspur
Date: 12 May 00 - 11:51 AM

The NY state Education Department has an office called VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities--what a mouthful!) which probably has info on this school. The website address for the state office is http://web.nysed.gov/vesid. (Sorry, I don't know how to do the blue clicky thing.) I'm sure they'd have a link to the NYC or Long Island office.


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