Support Service Providers
A Support Service Provider (SSP) has been trained to work 1-on-1 in the community with teens and adults who are deaf-blind, in order to provide visual and auditory information about the environment, provide sighted guide, and facilitate communication, for consumer-directed activities (i.e. shopping, writing out checks to pay bills, assisting to, from, and during meetings/conferences, vacations, etc.). An SSP can be hearing, Deaf, or hard of hearing. Not all deaf-blind people use sign language, but most do. Even a hard of hearing deaf-blind person who does not use sign language may want to talk with someone who does, thru the use of an SSP or an interpreter. An SSP does not make decisions for the deaf-blind individual. An SSP usually volunteers or barters for their services. An SSP is NOT an interpreter and is not required to hold state or national certification.
Support Service Providers for People who are Deaf-Blind: An Introduction (provided by the American Association of the Deaf-Blind)
SSP programs (March 2016, complied by Beth Jordan, Helen Keller National Center)