An individual who is deafblind is a person who experiences a dual sensory loss affecting both his or 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 DeafBlind adults. An SSP could be hearing, Deaf or hard of hearing. An SSP is trained to be a sighted guide and knows how to relay visual information to his or her client. An SSP can take on a number of different roles including assisting with daily activities and providing access to the environment and community participation.
An SSP is NOT an interpreter and is not required to hold state or national certification.
Below is a partial listing of DeafBlind resources. If you know of a link that should be included, please contact ODHH.
Center for Deaf-Blind Persons (CDBP)
WI Deafblind Tech Assistance Project (WDBTAP)
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) (check AFB Career Connect)
Deafblind International (DBI)
Deafblind Service Center (DBSC)
Disability Rights (DR)
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 Ohio Deaf-Blind Outreach Program
Kathy Mezack, Vocational Services Training Supervisor at the Helen Keller National Center
Paul Deeming, Program Manager of DeafBlind Services, Minnesota