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Habilitation Specialist

Helen Keller Services
Sands Point, NY 11050
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The Mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults is to enable each person who is DeafBlind to live and work in his or her community of choice. Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is the only organization of its kindproviding training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. Students travel from across the country to our headquarters in Sands Point, New York, for on-campus training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living, and our regional offices bring HKNC resources to communities throughout the United States. Employment at HKNC is a "one-of-a-kind" experience and at HKNC, we seek employees who have a strong work ethic, strive for excellence, enjoy a challenge, and are highly motivated and creative.

We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to join the HKNC team as a Habilitation Specialist in our Residential facility in Sands Point, NY. The Habilitation Specialist is responsible for assisting consumers who reside in the residence with their training goals, recreation, communication, and personal development goals.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assist consumers with their homework/projects/activities related to their training goals as needed
  • Provide support to Recreation Specialist by
    • Providing human guide and/or accompanying consumers during community activities
    • Assisting with unplanned activities requested by consumers such as going to stores for needed supplies or fast food establishments.
    • Assisting with the residence protocols and procedures for recreation activities as designed and implemented by the Recreation Specialist and supervisory staff.
    • Supporting the Recreation Program as assigned by the Recreation Specialist and supervisory staff
  • Ensure that vehicles are clean and the vehicle log books are updated after each trip
  • Do regular check of the building to ensure safety of all residents of the program
  • Do regular check of all assigned consumers
  • Facilitate communication between the training and residence programs
  • Assisting with monthly fire drill and evacuations
  • Assist with the accessibility of the residence program by
  • Assist with maintaining the residence building
  • Strictly follow all DOH regulations
  • Provide sleep-in coverage as assigned


  • Associates Degree, or completion of two years of college (60 credits) preferably within the education or health related field of study required
  • OR High school diploma and four years of paid experience as a residence/group home aide working with individuals who have intellectual disabilities required.
  • One year of experience in work with blind, Deaf, DeafBlind, or severely disabled individuals.


Full time union position with benefits including:

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays Off
  • Life Insurance
  • Short/Long Term Disability
  • 403b Program w/Employer Match
  • Employee Assistance Program

Apply today or contact Human Resources for more information


Posted: 2021-06-03 Expires: 2021-07-04
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