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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
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)
WI Deafblind Tech Assistance Project (WDBTAP)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
AFB Career Connect)
Deafblind International (DBI)
Deafblind Service Center (DBSC)
Disability Rights (DR)
Employment Endeavors in MN (EELLC)
Hellen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults (HKNC)
National Consortium of Deaf-Blindness ( NCDB)
Vision Aware (VA)
Western Oregon University (WOU)
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
Kim Bruno, State Consultant on Vocational
Rehabilitation Services for Deaf-Blind in Wisconsin
Jeff Bohrman, Ph.D, Program Director of the
Deaf-Blind Outreach Program
Kathy Mezack, Vocational Services Training
Supervisor at the Helen Keller National Center
Paul Deeming, Program Manager of DeafBlind Services,
February 28, 2013