September 19, 2019 – Jonathan McCollum and Jake Roach of DHC’s Federal Lobbying office in the nation’s capitol successfully initiated and lobbied for the necessary Congressional actions to reauthorize the services of our client the Helen Keller National Center, located in Sands Point, NY.
Originally authorized by Congress in 1967, The Center is the only comprehensive national vocational rehabilitation program exclusively serving youth and adults who are deaf-blind in New York and throughout the country.
Through the efforts of our DHC federal team, the Helen Keller National Center Reauthorization Act of 2019 passed unanimously in the House and now makes its way over to the Senate.
The Center receives federal funding from the US Department of Education and the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.
This reauthorization is a critical step to ensure funding will continue through 2023, allowing the organization to continue to provide lifesaving care and services to deaf-blind individuals throughout the country.
An excerpt from the floor debate on the bill can be found here.