What is a

Support Service Provider

A Support Service Provider (SSP) is a trained mobility guide for people who are Deaf-blind. SSPs support access to the community and independence for community members by providing transportation, serving as a mobility guide, and relaying visual and auditory environmental information.

Support Service Provider's meeting

Some things that a Support Service Providers do not do.

SSPs are NOT interpreters, care takers or daily living skills specialists. The SSP does not make decisions for the Deaf-Blind person or attempt to influence the situation. They do not act as taxi drivers. SSPs are not used for medical situations.

How do I receive SSP services?

If you are a Deaf-Blind or low vision individual, or know someone who is, please contact Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. We will help to set up a meeting with the SSP Program Coordinator. In this meeting, the coordinator will explain how to work with a SSP.

How much do SSP services cost?

The SSP is paid. However, there is no cost to the Deaf-Blind person. There are specific, appropriated funds to provide these services for free to the members of our community. Billing processes will be explained at the orientation meeting.

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For More Information

Support Service Providers

If you’re interested in receiving SSP services, or becoming an SSP, contact us at info@ndhhs.org.

For more general information on SSPs, visit the American Association for the Deafblind‘s website.


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