Suozzi secures funding for Helen Keller National Center

Suozzi secures funding for Helen Keller National Center
Congressman Tom Suozzi with visitors from HKNC in his Washington, DC office. (Photo courtesy of Suozzi's office)

Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), since arriving in Congress, has secured a total of $3.5 million increase in annual appropriations for the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC). When combined with 2018, this increases the center’s funding by 31 percent and will result in expanded services to individuals who are deaf-blind.

“HKNC does work that represents miracles in people’s lives,” Suozzi said. “It is an honor to have this national institution, headquartered in Sands Point, in the congressional district that I serve. I am proud that I could negotiate this increase in funding that will go a long way in helping these truly exceptional people continue to do remarkable work.”

 Suozzi was thanked by HKNC Executive Director Susan Ruzenski.

“From day one, Tom Suozzi has been our biggest supporter,” she said. “He has always worked and advocated on our behalf. We were the first place he visited after his election to Congress and he has delivered on every promise, before or since. Congressman Suozzi is the best champion we have, and we are eternally grateful to him for his consistent, considerable support of HKNC.”

Joseph Bruno, Helen Keller Services (HKS) President and CEO, also thanked Suozzi.

“Congressman Suozzi’s extraordinary role in championing the need for expanded HKNC services benefits deaf-blind individuals, their families, and service providers here on Long Island and across the United States,” he said. “Everyone at Helen Keller Services joins me in thanking him for his steadfast commitment to our mission.” 

HKNC is a division of Helen Keller Services (HKS) and was established as an Act of Congress in 1967. The center provides comprehensive vocational and independent living training to youths and adults who are deaf-blind and is the only national comprehensive program working exclusively with youth and adults with a combined vision and hearing loss.

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