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Helen Keller National Center - Expanded Field Services to building bridges & capacity along the way
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The need for skilled and knowledgeable providers in this field continues to be challenge. This need is pervasive and as young adults exit the schools and spill into adult services families bear the brunt. We have invited Cathy Kirscher a regional representative and Judy Knisely a former rep who is now assuming the role of DB Specialist.
Cathy has been a regional rep in two regions and as an HKNC affiliate with a specialized focus on mental health issues. She first was posted in the Northwest Region and has been the representative in the Southwest Region since 1999. During her tenure , she secured initial funding from the San Diego Foundation to develop an SSP program in San Diego county that ran for six years. She is very involved with the iCanConnect Program in this region , and is now helping to expand services in the SW region with two new DB Specialists in Arizona and Hawaii and the development of the Community Services Program in S. California scheduled to begin in spring 2019
Judy became the regional representative for region 5 in February 2015 and in 2019 became the first DB Specialist for HKNC in this new developed position.Prior to this Judy served as the deaf-blind specialist for one of HKNC's affiliate programs, Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program where she provided assessments , outreach , counseling , advocacy and direct services to individuals in need of independent living , job development , braille and transition services.
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