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An individual who is deafblind is a person who experiences a dual sensory loss affecting both his/her vision and hearing.  The degree of vision and hear loss will vary person to person. 

Support Service Provider (SSP)

A support service provider (SSP) is any adult that knows sign language and has been trained to work with Deaf-Blind adults.  An SSP could be hearing, Deaf, or hard of hearing.  A SSP is trained to be a sighted guide and knows how to relay visual information to his/her client.  A SSP can take on a number of different roles including assisting with daily activities as well as providing access to the environment and community participation.  

A SSP is NOT an interpreter and are not required to hold state or national certification.

 A partial listing for you to use.  If you know of an link that should be included, please let any of the staff know.

  • Center for Deaf-Blind Persons (CDBP)(Exit DHS)

  • WI Deafblind Tech Assistance Project (WDBTAP)(Exit DHS)

  • American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)(Exit DHS) (check AFB Career Connect)

  • Deafblind International (DBI)(Exit DHS)

  • Deafblind Service Center (DBSC)(Exit DHS)

  • Disability Rights (DR)(Exit DHS)

  • Employment Endeavors in MN (EELLC)(Exit DHS)

  • Hellen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults (HKNC)(Exit DHS)

  • National Consortium of Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)(Exit DHS)

  • Vision Aware (VA)(Exit DHS)

  • Western Oregon University (WOU)(Exit DHS)

A partial listing of known contact people related to the deafblind services.
Joan Schneider, Executive Director, Center for Deaf-Blind at 414-481-7477

Heidi Hollenberger, WDBTAP Project Coordinator at 608-356-0235
Heidi Hollenberger

Kim Bruno, State Consultant on Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Deaf-Blind in Wisconsin
KIM.BRUNO@wisconsin.gov

Jeff Bohrman, Ph.D, Program Director of the Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program
jbohrman@columbusspeech.org

Kathy Mezack, Vocational Services Training Supervisor at the Helen Keller National Center
kathy.mezack@hknc.org

Paul Deeming, Program Manager of DeafBlind Services, Minnesota
PaulD@DBSM.org

Last Updated:  November 19, 2013