A Season of Giving: Widex USA to Donate $20,000 to Helen Keller Center

HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK — Widex USA has pledged to donate at least $20,000 in the New Year to the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC), a division of Helen Keller Services (HKS). The HKNC helps provide comprehensive vocational and independent living training to youths and adults who are deaf-blind.

Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, HKNC is said to be the only organization of its kind that provides training and resources exclusively to people age 16 and over who have combined vision and hearing loss. 

In a press release, the company said that for every pair of Evoke hearing aids purchased through January 31, 2019, Widex USA will donate a portion of the proceeds, with a minimum commitment of $20,000 pledged to HKNC. 

“WIDEX EVOKE has been our bestselling line of hearing aids to date, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, partners, and the hearing community for their continued support. We would also like to start 2019 by giving back to an organization that for more than 50 years has worked to ensure that deaf-blind individuals in the United States, young and old, have access to the same opportunities as their hearing and sighted neighbors. Widex USA is honored to support Helen Keller National Center in their important mission.” 

–Jeff Geigel, President, Widex USA

Susan Ruzenski, Executive Director of Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC), takes Widex USA executives Cheryl Anderson and Michael Tease on a tour of their facilities in Sands Point, N.Y., demonstrating how the Widex donation will be used to expand and update HKNC technology. (image courtesy: Business Wire)

“The generous donation from Widex USA will help HKNC provide enhanced learning opportunities in our Audiology Department, Adaptive Technology Center, and Low Vision Department,” Ruzenski observed. “We look forward to purchasing a new computer for the Audiology Department which is used to program hearing aids, portable braille devices, and low vision equipment for use by the participants in the vocational rehabilitation program. Everyone at HKNC joins me in thanking Widex USA and its customers for their thoughtful, meaningful support.”

 

Source: HKNC, Widex USA


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