Sending Office: Honorable Mark Pocan
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Support Deaf-Blind Americans

Cosponsor the Bipartisan Helen Keller National Center Reauthorization Act

Cosponsors (38): Bera; Bonamici; Brownley; Cartwright; Castro; Cicilline; Clay; Cohen;
Cole; Davids; Dean; DeSaulnier; Fudge; Gallego; Grothman; Harder; Hastings; Huffman; Jackson Lee; Jayapal;
P. King; Kirkpatrick; B. Lee; A. Levin; McGovern; Meeks; Meng; Morelle; Omar; Pascrell; Raskin; Roybal-Allard; Soto;
Stefanik; Suozzi; Tonko; Trone; and F. Wilson

Supporting Organizations: National Family Association for the Deaf-Blind; American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association; CHARGE Syndrome Foundation; Northeastern University Center for Atypical Language Interpreting


Dear Colleague:

We write to invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 2134, the “Helen Keller National Center Reauthorization Act”.  This bipartisan legislation seeks to cleanly reauthorize the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) for 5 years.

HKNC is the only comprehensive national program that provides information, referral, support, and training exclusively to youths and adults who have combined vision and hearing loss.  The Center also supports the families and professionals who work with
the deaf-blind community.

HKNC was first authorized by Congress in 1967 to assist the national deaf-blind community, and currently supports regional representatives based in Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Kansas, Utah, California, and Washington.  It has
also created 6 new deaf-blind specialist positions that will provide additional assistance and support to deaf-blind persons in Ohio, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, and Florida, and plans to grow to 20 specialists located around the country (two
in each region). 

We believe that the rehabilitation and vocational training HKNC provides to the deaf-blind community is worthy of the support of Congress, and we encourage you to join us in reauthorizing this important National Center.  With the Center’s support, Americans
will be able to continue to pursue independent living, adopt new assistive technologies, and learn new ways to communicate.

We thank you for your consideration of this request and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Your staff may contact David Bagby of Rep. Pocan’s staff at (202) 225-2906 or




Mark Pocan

Member of Congress



Tom Cole

Member of Congress



Tom Suozzi

Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Education, Family Issues, HealthCare

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 2134
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