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iCanConnect in New York is administered by the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC).
Operated by Helen Keller Services for the Blind, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults enables individuals who are deaf-blind and/or have combined hearing-vision loss to live, work and thrive in their community of choice. Established by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC operates a residential and training facility at its headquarters in Sands Point, NY. Across the country, regional representatives support youths and adults who are deaf-blind, their families and the professionals who serve them.
Meet New York’s iCanConnect Coordinator:
Ryan understands the important role communication technology plays for people with combined hearing and vision loss. Ryan is deaf and has limited vision. He utilizes some of the same technology as consumers in the iCanConnect program, including a portable Ruby CCTV magnifier and an iPhone.
“I’m 32-years-old and, with all the new technology and computer applications, this is an exciting time for people with combined vision and hearing loss. I’m envisioning the next generation – people in their teens and twenties – will have even more access to technology in the classroom and in college.”
Ryan sees how the technology and training offered through iCanConnect is transforming lives of all consumers, particularly senior citizens who may be new to technology. Each consumer is unique and Ryan says determining which equipment will best help each one communicate depends on their individual needs and preferences,
Ryan has a M.A. in education from Gallaudet University and a B.S. in psychology with additional courses taken in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Along with coordinating the iCanConnect in New York, Ryan also works with the staff from the technology department and the national Train-the-Trainers program on outreach and professional development at HKNC’s campus in Sands Point, NY.